While still scraping barnacles, Scott gets better news on approval ratingby John Kennedy | May 11th, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott gets something like good news on his approval ratings in a new survey by Suffolk University and WSVN-TV-Miami.
The poll shows 42 percent of voters like the job he’s doing as governor — compared with 44 percent who disapprove. The disapproval rating is better than the chilling 54 percent marks Scott earned in late April in two separate surveys, Public Policy Polling and Rasmussen Reports.
While PPP found Scott’s approval still hovered low — at 34 percent, Rasmussen gave Scott better numbers — 43 percent backing from voters.
The Post reported earlier this week that the Republican Party of Florida has paid almost $1 million since March for a TV campaign, promoting the governor’s push for $1 billion more for public schools and helping state unemployment fall to a three-year low behind what the ads label Scott’s “pro-business initiatives.”
But with his barnacle-scraping approval ratings, Scott is likely to emerge this election season as a candidate Democrats and their allies seek to tie to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“Rick Scott’s not on the ballot, but the philosophy he espouses will be, and that’s what will be our focus,” said Rich Templin, a spokesman for the Florida AFL-CIO, which represents 500,000 workers in the state.