Florida Poll: New governor getting anything but rave reviews
May 25th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Florida Poll: New governor getting anything but rave reviews

(CNN) – Nearly six in ten Floridians are giving a thumbs down to the job their new governor is doing, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 57 percent of Florida voters disapprove of how Republican Gov. Rick Scott is handling his duties, up nine points from early April. Twenty-nine percent of people questioned in the poll say they approve of how Scott's performing in office, down six points over the past month.

The survey also indicates that 56 percent disapprove of the job the Republican controlled legislature is doing and a majority think the state's new budget is unfair.

"Voters have turned even more negative on Gov. Rick Scott since the last Quinnipiac University survey," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "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."

The poll indicated that more than seven in ten Democrats disapprove of Scott's performance. But by a 57 to 28 percent margin, independent voters disapprove of how the governor's handling his duties. Republicans, on the other hand, approve of Scott's performance, 51 to 37 percent.
Scott, a billionaire health care executive who's primary win surprised many in his party, defeated Democrat Alex Sink, who was the state's chief financial officer, in last November's election, to succeed Charlie Crist as governor.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 17-23, with 1,196 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Florida Joe

    Is anyone surprised with what you get when you hire a criminal as Gov........Nice going Repubs

    May 25, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. jimm

    Why does this surprise anyone? He. like the other new GOP governors are not addressing the issue of jobs and the economy, and instead are going after voter id bills, abortion and mandatory drug testing.

    If these people would do what they were elected to do the results would be different. In Scott's case, the voters should have known better given his background and history.

    May 25, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    He's been participating in the same master plan that all Republican governers have. He's cutting teachers, firemen, policement, and other 'local' public sector jobs by slashing their budgets while granting tax cuts. He just has not attracted as much attention as Walker, Christie, Daniels, and others like them. He's not being drafted for a POTUS run.

    May 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Former Republican, but never again!

    Yet another lesson to independent voters: It may seem like a good idea to vote for the Republicans, but you'll always end up regretting it.

    May 25, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. tulsa, ok

    The downfall of the Republican party is in full swing. The "social engineering" and the attack on worker's rights will be the downfall of them.
    Ayn Rand was WRONG, and finally the American People have awakened.

    May 25, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. American

    Medicare Fraud Scott is running the race with Imperialist Walker for...
    Worst Govenor Ever!

    It defies all logic how any decent American was duped into voted for these fraudster politicians. Please do the research before voting next time. Our country deserves better public servants.

    May 25, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Bill

    You vote for a clown and this is what you get. Amazing how people show regret after voting a jerk like this into office. I would have thought the American people were smarter, but apparently not.

    May 25, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The negative poll numbers should be a warning to the GOP/Tea Party that Florida will be up for grabs in the 2012 election.

    May 25, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. thomas

    Why didn't Floridians see this guy for what he is , the rest of the country knew Rick Scott is a rip off artist ,with a car full of lawyers ! Florida , You got Punked !

    May 25, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. BeanerECMO

    A lot of Floridians have come from northeast and northcentral democrat-run nanny states where entitlements are the watchword. Also, the majority of immigrants to the state have been indoctrinated to have the entitlement mentality. They don't want to have higher taxes; i.e., property etc.; but are unwilling to cut spending. They see the correlation between the two; i.e., cut spending or raise taxes; but the dems in this state have convinced them they can maintain the entitlements with their unsustainable increases without raising revenues through increased taxes. Of course, the dems will use the same ploy that was used against GHWB when he said, "No new taxes.", then convinced by his staff and weak-kneed congressional republicants (sic) to impose higher and newer taxes, and was then pilloried by dems for flip-flopping. Hold firm, Rick. And, remember, you will never have the vast majority of the media on your side.

    May 25, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Joe E.

    This is no surprise to ANYONE in Florida with a working brain cell that is not in the pocket of corporate interests. Left to their devices, Rick Scott and the veto-proof Republican legislature will leave Florida a smoking ruin of polluted cities and streams, fouled beaches, and destroyed wetlands. The 2004 and 2005 Hurricane seasons did less damage to Florida than this monster will inflict. My only hope is that the legislature will do a 180 degree flip and go democratic, so that he can be put on a very short leash!

    May 25, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Marc

    Of course he is – Republicans campaigned on "we didn't do anything." And, when the electorate failed to pay attention and elected them, their ignorant partisan extremism and incompetence are on full display. The Tea Party will fracture them, and those who courted the fickle, uninformed conservative exteremists are going to get bit by that lynch mob. While the rest of us point and laugh at the self-destruction. These bozos destroyed the economy and the middle class, and their "solution" is more destruction. If you are a Republican and support this guy, you are likely a birther, too - and probably thought the apoacalypse was coming last weekend. And you love to pay to see sideshows and the circus.

    May 25, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. a in austin

    Hey Beaner – how do you explain the drug testing of Floridians at Scott's own clinics using his companies drug kits? How's that for padding your own pocket. As Thomas stated, Rick Scott is a rip off artist.

    May 25, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. kakaraka

    Vote all republicans extreme, radicals and koch brothers friends from office and you will be fine.

    May 25, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Chuck

    What is the matter with the American electorate? They keep voting for candidates that are against their best self-interests. I believe that we have too many political masochists running rampant.

    May 25, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. M-AZ

    Scott, a billionaire health care executive ...enough said!

    May 25, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. EB

    The man was CEO of HCA and on his watch the biggest fraud of Medicaid was committed....He left the company with tons of money....and yet the people of Florida elected him anyways....What were they thinking?

    May 25, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. ABM

    They get what they voted for. Maybe they will learn from their mistake and vote another way next time.

    May 25, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. s

    The guy doesn't give a darn about anything but himself. He turned down a lot of econmic stimulas money that could have gave people jobs and that is a no no. No matter your politics but to turn down free money for jobs especially when you are filthy rich and there are so many jobless in Florida.

    May 25, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It might have been Scott's announcement that he wants Florida to become the next Texas... You know, very business friendly... at the expense of having some of the worst eduacation and health care record in the nation.

    May 25, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Is this a surprise? When a state is in tough financial shape, cuts need to be made. Maybe Florida voters would rather increase all their taxes by 10% instead? No? I didn't think so. It will always be more popular to "give" people things that others have to pay for. That is the Democrat way. But after decades of the Democrats doing this and their financial mismanagement, the golden goose has been strangled and is dead.

    If this country and its states are going to survive, the entitlement mentality and the state and federal government that has grown to feed and grow it must be ended and dismantled. Asking our children, grandchildren and great grandclhilren to pay for todays expenditures is morally bankrupt. It is theft. They have no vote in the matter yet will be saddled with these massive debts to repay so that somebody can get an entitlement today.

    May 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. American

    The overwhelming majority of Floridians voted for Fair District amendments to end politicians' gerrymandering (on both sides), and unconstitutuonal Scott with his politicos in Tallahassee decided to thwart the Will Of The People.
    Shameful.

    No wonder the fraudster has low numbers...

    May 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. T

    FL no mercy you voted for him .........no live with it or recall

    May 25, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. T

    FL no mercy you voted for him .........now live with it or recall

    May 25, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Asking our children, grandchildren and great grandclhilren to pay for todays expenditures is morally bankrupt. "

    That's why we're going to make the people who have benefitted the most by becoming obscenely OBSCENELY rich at the expense of everyone else...that's why they're going to be made to pay for it. Just watch. The GOP's plutocratic wet dream is drying up.

    May 25, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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