Fifty-Five Percent of Floridians Don't Like Rick Scott

After just a few months in office, Floridians have decided they aren't big fans of Rick Scott and his Tea Party-style politics. A new poll shows that 55 percent dislike the new governor, while only 32 percent like him. While Scott has never been Mr. Popular, those number have only worsened since a poll by the same company showed 43 percent disliked him with only 33 percent liking the guy in December.

The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling (which often works for Democrats), and has virtually no good news for Scott. Even his popularity within the Republican party is thin. Only 57 percent of Republican voters have a positive view of him, compared to 27 percent who have a negative view.

"To put those numbers into some context his counterparts in the Midwest who are having their own popularity problems at least are doing far better within their own parties- Wisconsin's Scott Walker stands at 86 percent with Republicans, Ohio's John Kasich is at 71 percent, and Michigan's Rick Snyder has a 68 percent approval with GOP voters," writes PPP.

If Scott was to take on Democratic Alex Sink in a Gubernatorial rematch, PPP finds that he'd lose 56-37. Of course, any election is still 3 and a half years away, and Scott still has plenty of time to work on his public image.

The news isn't bad for all Republicans. PPP also finds that Senator Marco Rubio has a healthy, but not spectacular favorable/unfavorable split of 43/31. That makes him the most popular Senator in the state. Bill Nelson's numbers are 38/34.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Kyle Munzenrieder