February 2, 2011 | 11:10am
Rick Scott hasn't even been in office a month and he hasn't exactly endeared himself to the Florida populace yet. Most Floridians barely know enough about the guy to decide if they like him or not, and voters here in South Florida don't particularly like him at all. Though, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that Floridians agree with some, but not all, of his suggestions to balance the budget.
Only 35 percent of Floridians approve of the way Scott is handling his job so far, while 22 percent disapprove. 45 percent haven't formed an opinion. The numbers are similar in his favorable ratings: 28 have a favorable opinion of Scott, 24 have an unfavorable opinion, and 45 say they don't know enough.
Scott is particularly unpopular in South Florida, where only 19 percent find him favorable, while 32 percent find him unfavorable.
64 percent of Floridians agree with Scott that Florida's budget situation is "very serious," and 52 percent would rather see Scott cut services than lower taxes. Though, by a slim margin of 46 to 42, Floridians think that Scott's idea to cut five percent of the state work force is a bad idea.
Interestingly 56 percent of those in Florida, and 61 percent in South Florida, would be open to the idea of more legalized gambling.