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Purging non-citizens from Florida voter rolls draws strong support in new poll

by George Bennett | June 20th, 2012

Florida voters strongly support Gov. Rick Scott‘s effort to remove non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls and they continue to back the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.

Scott’s overall approval ratings remain low. Only 39 percent of Floridians approve of the job he’s doing, with 49 percent disapproving, the poll says. That’s a drop from May, when 41 percent approved and 46 percent disapproved of Scott’s performance.

Voters approve of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio‘s job performance by a 51-to-31 percent margin and approve of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 47-to-32 percent margin.

The voter purge has drawn litigation from the federal government and voter-rights groups and criticism from county elections supervisors who are being asked to implement it. Critics accuse the Republican governor of trying to suppress turnout among minorities and Democrat-leaning groups.

Voters support the purge by a 60-to-35 percent margin, including 49-to-42 percent support among Hispanics and 59-to-37 percent backing from independents. Blacks oppose it by a 56-to-38 percent margin.

The Stand Your Ground law is supported by 56 percent of voters and opposed by 37 percent — essentially unchanged from last month’s Quinnipiac poll, which found 56 percent support and 35 percent opposition.

16 Responses to “Purging non-citizens from Florida voter rolls draws strong support in new poll”

  1. druki pitw 2010 Says:

    I have been unwavering in my support of Brad Lincoln to be a starter. I still believe that he needed to make that start yesterday. I believed his best position to be as “starter” and the Pirates were in need of a starter at present. I will defend that start yesterday to the end!

  2. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Instant analysis: Key takeaways from today’s Quinnipiac poll of Rick Scott and his policies

    bit.ly/M6b8Gp

  3. J.C. Galvez Says:

    Mitt Romney is Jesus Christ.

    “And He shall return to save the great New Jerusalem from the Beast.” (Book of Mormon)

  4. STOP THE PURGE Says:

    LOL!

    That is one seriously flawed poll. Not the whole thing but specifically the question on the purge…

    Read the actual question asked:

    “36. As you may know, there has been an effort by Governor Scott to remove people from the state’s voter rolls who are suspected of not being U.S. citizens. Some people say this effort is needed to prevent voter fraud. Others say this effort IS INTENDED TO SUPPRESS TURN-OUT BY LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AND MINORITIES. Do you support or oppose Governor Scott’s effort to remove potential non-citizens from the registered voter rolls?”

    Suppress turn-out?!

    While that may be one effect, and it probably was part of the intent here, the real objection was not about low-income or minorities it was about removing LEGITIMATE VOTERS.

    The question should have been:

    “36. As you may know, there has been an effort by Governor Scott to remove people from the state’s voter rolls who are suspected of not being U.S. citizens. Some people say this effort is needed to prevent voter fraud. Others say this effort RISKS REMOVING LEGITIMATE CITIZENS FROM THE VOTER ROLLS. Do you support or oppose Governor Scott’s effort to remove potential non-citizens from the registered voter rolls?”

    See the difference?

    This is nothing but a push poll and its results should be and will be discredited.

  5. Who Paid 4 this Poll? Says:

    Obviously, Polls can be rigged to get whatever results you want. Did the crook n chief, fraudster governor, GOP or tea baggers buy this poll? With the history of cheating that the GOP has engaged in in this state and in others does this poll result come as any surprise? The goal of this so called “voter purge” is to remove legitimate voters who don’t vote for GOP candidates period! Nothing more, nothing less. Another waste of taxpayers money by the most corrupt governor Floridah has ever had.

  6. OUT in 2012 Says:

    Totally support Governor Scott in purging non-citizens from voting rolls.

    Just like there is fraud in Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs, there is fraud in voting.

    We can’t allow those who are not citizens of this country the possibility of voting in our elections.

    Can you imagine going to England, France and registering to vote there when you are not a citizen?

    It’s the democrats who allow this fraudulent action to occur in this country and COMPLAIN when someone attempts to correct a serious problem.

    Democrats need to be defeated. They are diluting our country.

  7. No Royalty in America Says:

    Since when do we have a President who makes the laws of this land?

    The USA is not a monarchy! There is an elected BODY of officials who crafts the laws of this land, not the President!

    A man who seeks to make his own laws without other elected officials assisting in the process, is a President who deems himself a King.

    King Obama needs to be defeated. We are not a nation of kings who rule and decree what is legal and not legal.

    Obama goes too far.

  8. Downtown Danny Says:

    The most notorious right wing polling service in the nation – you can’t trust anything they come up with as real.

  9. dick snot Says:

    this poll was restricted to tea party members…even Floridians are not that dumb…and Gov. Scott has a 25% approval rating

  10. SciGuy Says:

    Looks like the Republiclowns are up to their tricks again – purging the voter rosters of liberals and independents too. Ever notice how Florida delivers the Republiclown majority to the Presidential candidate when there’s a GOP governor in Tallahassee? Just ask Jeb about his role in the “election” of his brother. Seems the Feds are upset with Scott and his AG, Bondi over this too. Why is that?

  11. STOP THE PURGE Says:

    “”"Just like there is fraud in Medicare”"”

    The irony is simply too much.

    Gov Scott… Medicare fraud… um HELLOOO!

    LOL!

  12. Billybob1 Says:

    Really…Liberals want to give the right to vote to illegals. What run out of dead bodies that vote? For what is supposed to be the elitist party you all are just drowning in Koolaif

  13. mary Says:

    Listen you dumb tea baggers. This isn’t about the President, I don’t like Scott and I will VOTE him out, but we must make sure that Illegals don’t vote. But it must be done legally not randomly because he has a list which has already booted Americans out. I don’t know why voters cannot get to the polls to vote on time, even if you live in a low income community. I do think Sunday should be left alone. Some people do work 6 days a week from 7-7. Who does it really hurt.

  14. Ruby Says:

    This Independent is not a fan of the Governor nor would I ever vote for him-didn’t the first time either. However, on this one issue I back him 100%. The illegals should not be afforded the rights of legal citizens-plain and simple. Its not only the illegals-how many are still on the rolls who are deceased?They should be also taken off so their Identities are stolen and people vote in their names. For once, Rick Scott is doing the right thing. The Democrats are just worried that those who could vote for them will not have a chance if their names are purged. Well its just too bad. I would feel the same way if the Republicans were in the same boat. Neither side gets the one up if people shouldnot be voting.

  15. STOP THE PURGE Says:

    “”"Its not only the illegals-how many are still on the rolls who are deceased?They should be also taken off”"”

    Um… THAT ALREADY HAPPENS.

    What do you think the Supervisor of Elections office does?!?!

    “”"The Democrats are just worried that those who could vote for them will not have a chance if their names are purged. Well its just too bad.”"”

    Oh really?

    Too bad?

    Too bad that regular old Joe Floridian got his right to vote taken away from him?

    ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!

    TOO BAD?!?!

    STRIPPING AWAY SOMEONE’S FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN DOESN’T MATTER TO YOU?

    WHAT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION?

    TOO BAD?!?!

    YOU MAKE ME SICK.

  16. Peter Baro Says:

    When ALL states purge their voters registration, then I’ll agree, but most of these conservatives are screaming about correct I D, why are they not screaming in every state for these rules. Nope just in the states where the Democrats are leading or with a slight edge.

    You won’t find a single SOLID blue state doing this. The republicans don’t even ask for ID when voting in their caucuses.

    When these closed minded republicans stop being led by the nose and pay attention, they would see that those (religious right ) people
    Are willing to break every commandment to win.

    Make the rules equal for everyone, not just to help Republicans.

    Funny how it’s a Republican that makes these rules just to help themselves but never in their solid blue states.

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