Rick Scott's Plummeting Popularity: 57 Percent Disapprove
Gov. Rick Scott's popularity continues to plummet after the legislative session. Only 29 percent of Floridians approve of the way he's handling his job according to a new Quinnipiac poll. While a whopping 57 percent disapprove. That's down from an already dismal 35/48 split back in April. Most Floridians also feel that Scott's budget is unfair.
The numbers makes Scott one of the country's most unpopular governors, and they aren't getting any better. In fact, only 51 percent of Republicans approve of his job performance. If this keeps up, Scott may even be vulnerable in 2014 in a Republican primary.
The Republican-controller state legislature isn't do any better. Only 27 percent approve of the job they're doing, while 56 percent disapprove. Only 43 percent of Republican approve of the legislature, even though both houses have Republican super majorities. Forty percent of Republicans disapprove. According to Quinnipiac, those are the legislature's lowest approval ratings of all time.
"Voters have turned even more negative on Gov. Rick Scott since the last Quinnipiac University survey," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. "It probably doesn't make him feel any better that the State Legislature is sharing the basement suite in the eyes of the electorate. The good news for the governor is that he has three and a half years to turn public opinion around. "
Fifty-three percent of Floridians disapprove of "the state budget agreed to by Governor Scott and the state legislature." Only 24 percent approve. 54 percent said the budget was unfair "to people like [them]." 47 percent say budget cuts went too far. 38 percent think those cuts will hurt our economy, while 31 percent say they'll have no effect. 61 percent don't think the budget will create new jobs.
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