Quinnipiac poll sunny, PPP survey cloudy on Rubio, Nelson approval ratingsby George Bennett | March 20th, 2013
Quinnipiac University and the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling have both released Florida survey results this week that find dismal approval ratings for Republican Gov. Rick Scott and encouraging numbers for Republican-turned-independent-turned Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist if he challenges Scott in 2014.
A Quinnipiac poll released today finds Scott has a net disapproval rating of 13 percent; a PPP survey released Tuesday puts him 24 points underwater in its measure of voter approval. Quinnipiac says Crist would beat Scott by a 50-to-34 percent margin; PPP gives Crist a 52-to-40 percent advantage.
But the firms offer widely divergent data on how Florida voters feel about the state’s two U.S. Senators — Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson.
Quinnipiac’s numbers suggest both Rubio and Nelson are doing well. Rubio’s approval/disapproval score is 48/33, with independent voters approving of the way he handles his job by a 45-to-28 percent margin. Nelson has a 49/28 approval/disapproval score in Quinnipiac’s new poll, with independents approving by a 45-to-27 percent margin.
PPP tells a much different story in a survey released this afternoon. The firm found 44 percent approving and 43 percent disapproving of Rubio. Nelson’s score was worse, with 38 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval. Both ratings are well within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error.