Crist tops Scott 52-40 in Democratic firm’s poll; Scott approval remains deep under waterby George Bennett | March 19th, 2013
The Medicaid-expanding, teacher-pay-boosting version of Republican Gov. Rick Scott isn’t any more popular with voters than the tea party version, according to a new survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.
Only 33 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Scott is doing, compared to 57 percent who disapprove in PPP’s latest poll. That’s the same underwater score Scott had in PPP’s January poll.
Democrats and independents have a decidedly unfavorable view of Scott. Republicans approve by only a narrow margin: 46 percent to 42 percent.
Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist has a 46 percent approval rating and 43 percent disapproval score in the poll. He’s the clear favorite among Dems to be the party’s nominee, with 50 percent preferring him and 21 percent favoring 2010 nominee Alex Sink.
Crist would win a hypothetical 2014 general election match-up against Scott by a 52-40 margin in PPP’s poll. Sink would beat Scott 45-40 and former Tampa mayor Pam Iorio would defeat Scott 44-37. Scott would beat former Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich, according to PPP, by a 42-36 margin.