Poll: Only a Third of Floridians Think Rick Scott Deserves to Be Reelected

Another day, another poll with bad news for Florida Governor Rick Scott. This time it's from Quinnipiac.

The poll seems to show a case of too little too late for Scott. While Floridians largely agree with Scott's latest high profile decision to expand Medicare, less than one-third feels he deserves to get reelected. Both potential Democrats, Alex Sink and Charlie Crist, beat him in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups.

Just 33 percent have a favorable opinion of Scott, and only 36 percent approve of the way he's handling his job. Another 46 percent have a unfavorable opinion, and 49 percent disapprove of his job handling. Those are about standard numbers for Scott. Meanwhile 55 percent say he doesn't deserve to be reelected, while only 32 percent think he does. The poll found that 34 percent approve of the way he's handling the state budget, while 55 percent disapprove.

In head-to-head match ups, Scott would lose to Crist 50-34. Crist has leads in every demographic group except for Republicans.

Against Sink, Scott also would trail 45-34. Sink has leads among every group except for Republicans and voters in the Panhandle.

Scott does however seem safe from getting a Republican challenge. He would lead Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam 47-24 in a hypothetical primary.

If there's any good news for Scott, it seems that his latest high profile positions are popular.

The poll found that 74 percent think his idea of giving public school teachers a $2500 raise is a "good idea." Another 56 percent still agree with the "Stand Your Ground" law that Scott has stood behind, and 50 percent say expanding Medicare is a "good idea."

In a few other findings:

  • 50 percent say that Crist move from the GOP to the Democratic party was "positive thing" that shows "he is a pragmatist."
  • Bill Nelson is once again Florida's most beloved senator. His approval split is 49-28. Marco Rubio's is 48-33.

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