Crist sees spike in approval as he leaves office

Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) will enjoy his highest approval rating of the year just as he leaves office. 

Fifty percent of Florida voters approve of the former Republican Senate candidate's job performance, according to Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), opposed to 39 percent who disapprove. 

The results suggest that Crist has enough support to launch another political campaign in the future after being swept away by now-Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R) in the state's closely watched GOP Senate primary. 

Crist has high approval numbers among independents, 70 percent, after he left the GOP and ran as the third candidate in the general election. 

Sixty-two percent of Democrats say they would either consider voting for Crist in the future (36 percent) or definitely do so (26 percent). But 50 percent of Republicans say they would never vote for him again, making it highly unlikely he could make a future comeback in the GOP.