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Poll: Florida voters who swooned for Crist in ’07 are viewing Scott more cautiously

by George Bennett | February 2nd, 2011

Florida voters who were dazzled by Charlie Crist after his first month in office four years ago are viewing new Gov. Rick Scott much more warily, a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows.

The new poll shows 35 percent approve of the way Scott has done his job in his first few weeks in office, with 22 percent disapproving and 43 percent undecided. Scott is viewed favorably by 28 percent of voters and unfavorably by 24 percent, with 45 percent saying they don’t know enough to form an opinion.

After Crist’s first month in office in 2007, a Quinnipiac poll found 69 percent approval for his job performance and only 6 percent disapproving, with 25 percent undecided.

The new survey of 1,160 registered voters was taken Jan. 25-31 and has a 2.9 percent margin of error. By a 52-to-34 percent margin, Florida voters like Scott’s approach of cutting government programs and services rather than raising taxes to handle the state’s budget problems. But 58 percent say they don’t believe Scott can keep his pledge not to raise taxes or fees.

Scott’s proposal to have state employees contribute to their pensions is supported by 64 percent of voters, but his plan to lay off 5 percent of the state work force is called a “bad idea” by 46 percent, with 42 percent calling it a “good idea.”

Multimillionaire Scott is taking only a $1 salary as governor and paying for flights around the state with his own money. Fifty-three percent of voters say they think more favorably of Scott because of that, with 6 percent thinkng less favorably and 40 percent saying it doesn’t make a difference.

Overall, 56 percent of Floridians say they are optimistic about the next four years with Scott as governor, with 29 percent calling themselves pessimistic.

10 Responses to “Poll: Florida voters who swooned for Crist in ’07 are viewing Scott more cautiously”

  1. comb over Says:

    Everytime I read an article about Crook Scott, I curse democrats for not getting out the vote.

  2. V Says:


    Blame wackadoodles in the GOP for choosing Scott over McCollum. Im a democrat and if McCollum was the nominee its unlikely the race would have even been close.

  3. Marion Says:

    Luv the new guv!

    Just keep in mind the Palm Beach Post is pro-democrats. They’ll print and post anything negative they can find.

    We all realize that tough decisions have to be made and business drummed up.

  4. Michael Says:

    Get ready for four years of looting by Scott and the legislature.

  5. tryin to live Says:

    ok, so let’s lay off a bunch of state workers, or let’s cut their pay effectively, then we’ll have even more people looking for work with high unemployment and no new jobs – how about we get the jobs created first rather than increasing the number out of work

  6. Move out Says:

    Let them move to another state to find work, perhaps to California. The state that spends, spends, spends and has fabulous benefits for their workers.

    California….in debt, budget cuts coming, excesses retirement, ridiculous restrictions and 50% of ALL THOSE RECEIVING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE…live in ….you guessed it..CALIFORNIA!

  7. Marilyn Brown Says:

    My husband is a SGT at a Fl. prison. He has not had a raise in 5 years. Why are State jobs not real jobs? Why are our teachers not worth paying as professionals? Should only volunteers be teachers or correction officers? I guess we could privatize the prisons as they did in Arizona. Two prisoners escaped, it wasn’t noticed for hours, and the escapees actually killed two innocent people while they were on the lam. The priorities in this state are all wrong.

  8. Iago Yugo Says:

    Get ready for four years of hooting for Scott in the legislature.

  9. Iago Yugo Says:

    Everytime I read an article about Great Scott, I bless democrats for not getting out the vote.

  10. Marilyn Brown Says:

    Mr. Yugo….you have no solutions to our problems. A typical winger.

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