Florida Poll: New governor getting anything but rave reviews
May 25th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
12 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. james Miller, a Texan

    Careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Look at what Texas has and learn from our mistakes. Too much power in too few hands.

    May 25, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Dave

    This is no surprise. He and the rest of the GOP ran on jobs and not only have they failed to deliver, they haven't even addressed the issue. All they do is whine and complain and offer no solutions at all.

    May 25, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Gee, Florida – what did you expect.

    He presided over a company fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud. That was well know prior to the election.
    What WERE you thinking? Or were you thinking at all??
    Elections have consequences...good luck with them.

    May 25, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. AEK

    I just can't tell you bad I feel for all those nice folks in Florida. I believe all of this gentleman's shortcomings were laid bare by the opponents in both the primaries and in the general election but he was still elected by a pretty good margin. So there ya go, figure it out and stop whining.

    May 25, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Florida Joe

    I wish we could recall this nut.............Problem is the legislature

    May 25, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    Rick Scott just signed one of the most undemocratic assaults against Floridians' voting rights written by the partisan Legislature. It's disgusting and only reminds me why I left the Republican Party.

    May 25, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. gt

    to many cool aid drinkers....still 9% unemployment... gas 4.50 ,,, home sales worest in 50yrs ...if you people think its utopia and every think is rosey... wake up....a d- is not much better than a f....one party is no better than the other...

    May 25, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Paul1st

    To borrow a phrase from Sarah Palin, "How's that Tea Party thing working out for you, Florida?"

    May 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. james

    Surprise--- The Supreme Court has made it officially legal for corporations and their unlimited funding to BUY any political office they want. $$$$$$ is the only thing that matters.

    May 25, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Mature

    Florida will be Purple or blue thanks to Rick Scott. He campaigned for A republican mayor candidate who just lost to a Democrat. This crook is too busy passing laws that benefit his rich friends and screw the rest us of over. He Cut Education, Prison, and medicare to give corporation tax breaks. Also sign a bill for insurance company to increase home owner insurance by 15%, signed voter suppression bill, signed a bill requiring govt. worker to take drug test every month with the company he owns (claim he transferred the ownership to his wife) but refuse to focus creating Jobs. Republicans in the state are starting to reject some of his ideas, thank heaven but he is going to hand Pres. Obama and the DEMS FL on a Platter.

    May 25, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    You know, very business friendly... at the expense of having some of the worst eduacation and health care record in the nation.
    So your suggestion for Florida is to do what liberal run California did? Raise taxes and drive businesses out of state and lose that taxe revenue, jobs and all the taxes garnered from those jobs? So when Florida has 25% unemployment, you think they're going to be better off? This sure sounds liek insanity to me.

    As for education, that is a local matter. Liberals always think massive amounts of money being thrown at a problem is an automatic solution. It is usually the contrary. Our union controlled school systems are a dismal failure and it is NOT because they haven't been given enough money. School systems can't get rid of bad teachers because of union protection. How is this helping our children? Horrible teachers with seniority get paid better than excellent teachers with none. It is a formula for disaster, which is what you have in most school systems.

    May 25, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Somebody wrote:
    Is this a surprise? When a state is in tough financial shape, cuts need to be made. ..... blah , blah, blah
    I suppose Gov. Scott will turn into a textbook example of electing a businessman with the assumption that he will fix your city/state/country's fiscal woes. His final story is not written, but the first chapter is lookking like a horror show to most of the people in Florida. They are showing signs of voter's remorse.

    May 25, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Bill n.

    FWIW/FYI, there *is* no provision for recall of state officials in FL. The only chances to remove Scott before his term is up are (a) catch him red-handed doing something highly illegal, or (b) impeachment. The first is unlikely & the second impossible due to the fact that the legislature is an iron-bound copper-sheathed triple-locked GOP box.

    As for the suggestion that the state's problems lie in the influx of entitlement-minded northerners, the concept of that is so patently ludicrous as to not even merit semi-serious consideration, much less full-.

    May 25, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Joe

    I feel sorry for Floridans, but did they really not see this coming? Anyone who didn't think Rick Scott was a total disaster wasn't paying attention. Hate to say it, but you got what you deserve by voting for him or not voting at all.

    May 25, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Republican Robber Baron

    Pleaded the 5th numerous times in court regarding his Medicare fraud case...then gets rewarded with the election? What was Florida thinking? Next thing he'll do is try to destroy public education and demonize public workers. The radical right-wing social engineering establishment declared war against public workers and the middle class when thet won the 2010 elections.

    May 25, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. TEE

    Teapublicans, independents, you asked for it, now you got it, and now you don't like it.......You haven't learned yet, that you don't make important decisions like voting in anger, just because you didn't get everything you wanted.....Will you ever learn ?

    May 25, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. South FL

    It time for south fl to leave rest of florida tally has mess up our state so many times and South florida did not vote for rick scott we were not dumb like the rest of the state.

    May 25, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Republican Robber Baron wrote:
    The radical right-wing social engineering establishment declared war against public workers and the middle class when thet won the 2010 elections.
    Better known as The Great Sucker Punch. They promised jobs and delivered pink slips.

    May 25, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Busted2010

    How can someone become a billionaire off of healthcare when there are so many people who can not afford coverage or who are bankrupting themselves trying to pay for it? Something is wrong w/healthcare in the US and it's quite obvious the "principles" of capitalism are not fixing the problems.

    May 25, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. David Shelly

    Well congratulations to all whoi stayed home last November. Not only in Florida. They have given voice to a fringe radical right wing agenda set on destroying the middle class, senior entitlements, immigration reform and yet we have all the tax breaks for Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, and all the oil companies.

    When are we as a society going to finally tell the likes of Sarah Palin to shut up and GO HOME!!!!!

    May 25, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. keylargo

    Worst governor in America, no real competition in that race. I predict Scott will step down in disgrace before the end of his term. In fact, I'd bet on it!

    May 25, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Wayne

    This "man" is raping Florida. If it wasn't for a totally republican state legislature, we'd recall the election like California recalled Gray Davis. What really bugs me about his election is that I have not met ONE person who voted for him. Conservatives or liberals. Election morning he broke the law by putting thousands of campaign signs at polling places. Only 20% of Florida voted in that election. Hopefully, the election of Jacksonville's new mayor is a sign that that apathy won't happen again. He has changed election laws in FL making it tougher for people to vote against him, and he wants to reorganize the state supreme court to speed up exectutions.
    On with more. He wants every state employee to do regular drug testing, at the labs he owns. He wants welfare and unemployment receiptiants to do drug testing before they get their checks. At the labs he owns. If they test positive, their CHILDREN! will be conviscated. What's he going to do, sell them off? This guy is Vilos Cohaagen and Nicolae Ceaușescu rolled into one!
    The ultimate hypocrisy is that his agenda is to do away with government control, while he wants to control every aspect of every person's life who lives within his dictatorial grasp. The truth is that he only recognizes the wealthy and big business as living entities. The rest of us are of no concern.

    May 25, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    LOL join the party along with Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana all these states that fell for the GOP "fear and mis-information" mantra of 2010. The Dems and President Obama weren't mving fast enough to get the country out of the hole the previous administration left us so the "sheep" went and followed all the hollow promises the GOP offered. I only feel sorry for the ones that did NOT vote these morons into office that have to suffer now.

    May 25, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. RobertFTL

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an insurance ‘reform’ bill May 17 that will allow insurance companies to raise rates, in some cases, without government intervention, and contains provisions so controversial some Republican lawmakers urged Scott to veto the bill their party passed.

    The bill also allows insurance companies to raise premiums up to 15% per year to cover the cost of reinsurance and advertising expense, without facing regulatory oversight and review by the State Insurance Commissioner.

    May 25, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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