Boy oh boy does everybody hate, hate, hate Rick Scott. Everybody! Well, more than seven in ten Florida voters can't stand the guy, at least, according to a new poll out this morning from the Public Policy Polling firm.
Scott's 26 percent approval rating is so dismal, it got us at Riptide wondering what kinds of things voters believe in more than the governor, and the answer is: ghosts, UFOs, guardian angels, and astrology. Scott does outpoll witches. Barely.
OK, so we're being a little unfair, since we're looking at polls of Americans and not just Floridians, which means lots of folks from Arkansas and Oklahoma might be skewing the crazy-town factor.
Still, a 26 percent approval rating for a sitting governor is so ridiculous, you've got to think outside the box to put it all in perspective.
So, take this widely reported 2004 poll from Opinion Dynamics. They found 34 percent believe in ghosts, while another 34 percent have faith in UFOs.
(Scott is off the hook on witches, though; they only polled at 25 percent.)
Another recent poll found more than half of Americans believe guardian angels protect them.
Even astrology has survived the Miss Cleo affair to garner 29 percent of the public's support.
So why is Scott polling lower than green men in saucers? Might have something to do with turning down $2.4 billion in rail-building money while unemployment spikes and he demands drug testing for welfare recipients to benefit a company his family owns and his own brother gets welfare without drug testing in Texas.
Or maybe he just looks a little too human?
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