(CNN) - Do Floridians like their state's push to purge non-citizens from the voter rolls?
According to a new survey, the answer is yes.
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A Quinnipiac University poll indicates that 60% of Florida voters support Gov. Rick Scott's effort, with 35% opposed.
On CNN last week, Florida's Republican governor argued that removing non-U.S. citizens from lists of registered voters was a legal necessity.
Last week the Justice Department filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Florida program, which would remove names from the state's voter rolls in the key battleground state just a few months before the 2012 presidential election, clearly violated voter registration laws.
Critics say the plan unfairly targets minorities and paints it as an attempt to dissuade typically Democratic voters from going to the polls.
Scott said that claim is bogus, telling CNN last week that "this is not a partisan issue. This is not Republican or Democrat or independent issue. This is an issue that I want, all of us want, everyone wants every U.S. citizen to go and register to vote. Participate in elections. But non-U.S. citizens shouldn't be doing that."
But the poll indicates a wide partisan divide over the issue, with nine out of ten Republicans supporting the push by Scott while Democrats oppose it by a 60%-33% margin. Fifty-nine percent of independent voters support the move to purge non-citizens from the voter rolls and 37% are opposed.
According to the survey, white voters back the move by a 67%-29% margin, as do Hispanic voters by a slight 49%-42% margin, with black voters opposed 56%-38%.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama won the state by three points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. The state is classified as a "toss up" on CNN's Electoral Map in 2012. There are 29 electoral votes at stake in Florida.
"Whether this voter purge becomes a big deal issue in the campaign or not is not clear at this point," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The push by Scott doesn't appear to be helping the governor when it comes to his approval rating. Only 39% say they approve of the job Scott's doing in office, with 49% saying they disapprove. Scott's approval rating is down slightly and his disapproval level is up slightly from a Quinnipiac poll last month.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted between June 12 and June 18, with 1,697 registered voters in Florida questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.