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Scott popularity rises but voters remain unhappy

by Dara Kam | August 5th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott’s popularity is on the rise but the first-term governor has a long way to go to convince voters he’s doing what they want, a new poll released this morning found.

The Quinnipiac University poll found Scott’s approval rating climbed to 35 percent, up 6 percentage points, since May.

But the survey of registered voters found more than 50 percent of Floridians still don’t like Scott’s policies or his handling of the state budget, and more than three-fourths don’t know that the budget did not raise taxes.

And the survey found that even voters who approve of Scott’s accomplishments in theory don’t know what he’s accomplished, and many don’t like him personally.

The poll showed voters approved by a 58-29 percent margin a budget approach that cuts only spending rather than a combination of spending and tax hikes. But more than three-quarters of registered voters who responded to the poll did not know that Scott’s budget did not raise taxes. And more than half – 51 percent – said the state budget is unfair to them, compared to 33 percent who found it fair. The poll also found that voters dislike Scott’s policies by a margin of 54-34 percent; forty-two percent of those polled said the budget cuts went too far, 20 percent said they did not go far enough and 25 percent agreed with the cuts.

“It would seem that Gov. Rick Scott and his aides have failed to get their message out,” Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown said.

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7 Responses to “Scott popularity rises but voters remain unhappy”

  1. AK Says:

    After Scott’s fiasco at Columbia Hospital, the only message he can get out is bend over and I’ll take it from there. He was President when Columbia raped the Medicare and Medicade systems and received none of the ramifications. He then got himself elected by totally stupid Floridians who chose to be blinded by his past. You deserve what you voted for. Recall him and tell the Republicans of Florida you are finished with them.

  2. Its working Says:

    He handed me a doughnut the other day, so he must be an OK and down to earth guy…

  3. Edward C Says:

    their unhappy because their candidate will lose

  4. Jimboi Says:

    42% said the cuts went to far. Excuse me people but we had a $3+ billion budget hole with a balanced budget amendment. The LAW required cuts.

  5. Sheldon G Says:

    Must be that Florida has finally realized what a great governor we have if you looking for someone who is anti-union, anti-gay, anti-planned parenthood, anti- teacher, blaming the unions for all our states problems, anti- stimulas, anti-high speed rail, anti-abortion, anti-medicare, anti unemployment and anti- job creation. He is pro of course. Pro pushing the church’s agenda in our legislature, pro school vouchers, pro religious license plates,pro denying voting rights, and pro right to choose license plates. Did I leave anything out?

  6. Ms Vicky Says:

    @Sheldon,
    Yep, you left a few things out: Although Scott turned down billions in federal dollars for needy/sickly elderly, hospice youth, and homeless veterans, he thought it perfectly sane to accept federal money to promote abstinence in teenagers. That’s right! The 35% who approve of him obviously find they are in good company with a guy who defrauded medicare for millions. They are in line with a guy who finds it decent and logical to deny sickly children, elderly poor, and homeless vets the help they deserve in favor of taking federal money to curb teens’ sexual behavior. This says we have a 35% population of degenerates and, or ignorant Floridians. Thankfully, I am not one of them!

  7. Fred W. Says:

    After Scott’s fiasco at Columbia Hospital, the only message he can get out is bend over and I’ll take it from there. He was President when Columbia raped the Medicare and Medicade systems and received none of the ramifications. He then got himself elected by totally stupid Floridians who chose to be blinded by his past. You deserve what you voted for. Recall him and tell the Republicans of Florida you are finished with them.

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