Poll: Plummeting Rick Scott Would Lose to Alex Sink, Now That It Doesn't Matter

A group called Public Policy Polling (PPP) discovered the obvious: Floridians are having some dramatic buyer's remorse when it comes to electing fraudster Rick Scott as governor. 

A poll of 500 Floridians found that his approval rating from diehards remained about the same as a similar PPP poll in December -- 32 percent. But the percentage of those who disapprove of the governor rose from 43 percent all the way up to 55 percent. 

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In addition to turning off voters, he also scares children and small animals.
​From the PPP's website: 

Scott's net -23 approval margin makes him the least popular currently serving governor 
on which PPP has polled. He stacks up with ousted or retired governors David Paterson of New York, Chet Culver of Iowa, and Jim Gibbons of Nevada. 

As a result, Scott would overwhelmingly lose in a rematch to Sink, 56-37. 16% of those who say they voted for him would switch sides, as would 21% of all Republicans. Sink wins the independent vote by a whopping 61-29 margin, while exit polls had Scott winning them by eight points in November.  

It just goes to show that a large slice of voters are, well, total morons. It's like they went to the pet store and decided on a pit bull -- and then suddenly realized it was a bad idea when it bit the neighbor's arm off. Oops. 

Remember how Scott was the first candidate for governor in Florida's history to refuse to visit newspapers' editorial boards? Well, now he's just trouncing all over our Sunshine Law. The St. Petersburg Times recently dubbed Scott the "Prince of Darkness" for his lack of transparency, which includes -- and this is incredible -- his refusal to use email because it leaves a document trail and would expose how he thinks on issues. He substitutes open government -- the cornerstone of American democracy -- with shallow events on Twitter and Facebook.  

The Times' editorial editor, Tim Nickens, reported on how Scott, unlike all his predecessors, also won't let reporters attend dinners he has with state legislators and other officials at the Governor's Mansion, effectively making them private functions. Scott has also instituted a new policy to charge fees for public records requests, making it tedious and expensive to see what the hell he's really doing to our state. 

"By his actions and his inactions, Scott's indifference to the public's right to know is obvious," Nickens wrote. "He acknowledges he does not
use e-mail because he does not want to create a public record that might reveal his thinking. His office so far has refused to reveal who flies on his private plane or who visits him in the Governor's Mansion. His agency heads are muzzled, under orders to get approval before speaking publicly...

"This is not just a routine skirmish between a governor controlling his message and a frustrated Tallahassee press corps. This is not about new media such as Twitter vs. traditional media such as newspapers. This is about a lack of respect for the constitutional rights of all Floridians to have access to their state government and the information necessary to hold it accountable. Scott is more hostile to open meetings and public records than any governor in more than 40 years, and he has created a dark cloud over Florida's Sunshine Laws."

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​-- Did you know that Beverly Bard Stracher -- the shady political operative all tangled up in the biggest corruption scandal in Broward County history -- has a brother who practically owns Denver, Colorado? 

Well, that may be an exaggeration, but entrepreneur Richard Bard, who grew up in Broward, is one of the Rockies' highest rollers after making a fortune investing in businesses and real estate. His name is on a local college's school of business, and he got some newspaper ink when he put his house (pictured at right) on the market for $24 million in 2008. Now he's apparently in a venture to buy up banks.

Stracher, meanwhile, sits on the Broward taxpayers' dole as a county aide to fellow state's witness Ilene Lieberman, another of the growing list of discredited politicians who refuses to do us the favor of resigning.  

The relevance? Now sure. Just a weird aside, I guess.

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jason s
jason s

"It's like they went to the pet store and decided on a pit bull -- and then suddenly realized it was a bad idea when it bit the neighbor's arm off. Oops." Seriously Bob?

Wildturkeypete
Wildturkeypete

I'm not a fan of Jeepers Creepers but your poll is based on a "what if."

How about "what if" Sink won and backed Obama on everything? Her ratings would suck too.

"What if" you wrote about something relevant?

MitchSleazer
MitchSleazer

3 Miami Herald articles re: corruption (unpunished & unreformed) in the State Legislature:

March 31st - Dramatic end to Ray Sansom trial gives way to debate on what happened

March 29th - Rules Committee kills ethics bill targeting corrupt officials

March 20th - Nearly 2 years later, Sansom gets his court time

Nanci
Nanci

Bob...journalist...I think not. I'll go back ten years and could question 60% of your columns to find many inconsistancies. You blew it with your Hollywood Mayoral stories, Broward,...how investigative truth first.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

The CEO of Wal-Mart just met with the editorial board of USA Today. He announced that inflation is going to get substantially worse this summer, something that many of us haven't experienced in our lifetime. Look for food and clothing prices to increase exponentially. And I will not be surprised if a gallon of gas reaches $4.50-$5.00 this summer.

Buckle up people. Things are about to get materially worse. Once the artificial stimulus of Quantitative Easing ll comes to an end, the stock market is in real danger of another collapse. People will begin taking to the streets again in record numbers, which to some extent has already begun.

While great portions of the Muslim world will suffer even more than we do, the PTB (Powers That Be) are going to continue to use this unique opportunity to move in and secure the vast resources that we require. This will increase the chances of an even broader military conflict in that region of the world, perhaps with Iran.

The world will appear to be on fire.

Save your money and start stocking up on non-perishable staples. ______________________________________________________________________________

This message has been brought to you free of charge by the Starkwell Institute of Research and Analysis. There is no need to purchase a book or DVD. No, really, I'm serious.

th3realtruth
th3realtruth

Keep the Scott exposing coming... Now just we need to figure out how to get rid of him before he does to much damage.

Just Askin'
Just Askin'

So what's going on withthe non-plea by Cindi Hutchinson on public corruption charges. Did BSO or Satz' office mess up on the paperwork? Give us the scoop, puleeze.

unowho
unowho

Tough times call for tough decisions ..Now "Lets Get To Work" Eh!!!

Bobby1256
Bobby1256

Ah yes... buyer's remorse. The election of Obama should have been your first clue that the vast majority of voters were total morons.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Rick Scott as Governor is the worst sort of buyer's remorse.

If Florida does not allow recall then it is time for a referendum to reverse that mistake or better yet impeachment. Just wondering what the Florida constitution says about felons holding office? Scott qualifies as a felon in the court of public opinion.

TheStreet
TheStreet

Let's guess and say Ann Murray's resignation will come next. We have one more early retirement from BSO, and the Florida Bar comes down on Rosenfeldt and Adler. and Lippman.Papers are being signed.

twas
twas

Were not broke? The interest on our debt is about 3.5 trillion, we bring in about 3.5 trillion, and don't forget about the Feds IOU to the SSA..... 2 trillion or so. Have you ever looked at who the SSA trustees are? LolIf the dollar loses it's place as the worlds reserve currrency ( and it soon may). A bag of dollars won't buy you a loaf of bread.Only about 16 states allow the recall of the Gov. and Florida is not one of them, so quit dreaming and be scared......real scared.

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough

As I said here weeks ago, Rick Scott and his pals are going to rape and pillage this state in ways never done before in the history of our republic. Every fool who voted for him should/will feel ashamed. The only way to avoid the ultimate outcome is for Rick Scott to have an accident and have to leave office. What's next a Palin/Bachmann ticket in 2012?

Guest
Guest

It would never happen, but it would sure be nice if there could be a probation period of 3-6mos. and at that time we could go back to the polls and make it official. Just a random thought.

FullPanicMode
FullPanicMode

The current Republican Party is a marriage between true-believer libertarians who focus on economic policy that is basically to worship private property and associated "rights" resulting therefrom, and fundamentalist Christians who focus on a social policy that would result in sending us back 100 to 3000 years, depending on what Old Testament verse they are reading that day. Neither ideology can work effectively or justly in the actual real world. Scott seems to be focused on the libertarian side of make-believe world these days.

pit bull lover
pit bull lover

number one, he is crazy and i don't know how us lovely floridians ever allowed him to be elected! second, pitbulls are great dogs and should not have been listed as a mistake! its the owner, not the animal! --- and as for scott, lets please get him out of here or us teachers are in for a rude awakening.

joe
joe

I have to tell you i am one of those stupid Republican who voted for the fool. Boy, I regret thisI will go to any length to have him recall

Guest
Guest

We will not be better off in 4 more years as for having this Crook as our Governor. I predict his devious ways will drain our state dry of any advances or ammenities we may hope for. I can't believe how apathetic about voting the people of Florida are.I am always ever hopeful that his acts will be so repulsive there might be a recall!

Christy
Christy

Off topic:

Can someone explain to me how Notter was making so much money when the average Superintendent of schools is: $140,000

The median expected salary for a typical School Superintendent in the United States is $140,399. This basic market pricing report was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals' analysis of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers of all sizes, industries and geographies.

http://www1.salary.com/School-...

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

My bullshit meter just went off the scale. Pulp , you should at least tell us that the Public Policy Polling is a Democratic Party-affiliated polling firm. The only polls that count are the ones at election time and the morons in Florida elected Scott just like they elected Ann Murray, Jen Gottlieb and all the other dimwits on the Broward County school board who are doing us in Broward far more damage than Mr. Scott is.

Nc Ic
Nc Ic

Michael J. Satz is the problem.

parkland man
parkland man

What do you call an honest lawyer? An oxymoron.

MitchSleazer
MitchSleazer

I would have posted the URLS, but the New Times commenting system refused to post the comment while I had the 3 URLs in. As soon as I took them out, it posted immediately. (New Times: STOP BLOCKING URLs IN COMMENTS!!!)

Do a search for "Sansom" on the Herald website, & links to all 3 articles will pop up on the Results page.

skydove
skydove

Don't you think Bernanke can prevail with the predictable suggestion that there are still enough fumes in the tank for QE III, come June? This wouldn't make the problem go away and could make it worse, but it does afford a little more time to plan.

Twiddle Dee
Twiddle Dee

There's no need to fear....Underdog is here. BTW: I understand Rick Scott's daughter has quite a drug problem.

Call me a commie
Call me a commie

Why would someone spend 73 million to become governor? If you own a company that does drug testing you can sign an executive order to drug test all state employees at a cost of millions to the taxpayers. HAHAHA Take that tea party sheep. Got some buddies in the private prison racket? Push the privatization of prisons, get a piece of the pie when you leave office.

Guest
Guest

Did I mention I despise him.

Windsome Lad
Windsome Lad

Christy, you are too smart to have posed this question as other that anything a piece of rhetoric, but I am going to take you at your word and answer the question as if it were real. We paid the guy more than twice as much as he was worth because of the 6th largest- school- district- in- the- country conceit or fallacy, that, in turn, gave the school board members the illusion that they are sitting on the Board of GE. Yet the fallacy, which is obvious, is that State law so controls what a school district is able to do that a district does not need, in fact, cannot use an executive staff or real management. Think about it. Is the School Board of Duval County going to reach a decision that the School Board of Broward County is wrong in teaching quadratic equations, and, as a result 2nd degree equations will not be taught in Broward? Of course, not. Consequently, the so-called leadership engages in the kind of self-aggrandizement that has lead to the current state-of-affairs. The superintendent, his staff and, to be frank, no one in the district’s employ does much other than administer state law. Arguably, only the teachers, who make moment-to-moment decisions based on training and expertise and, typically, without legislative guidance are true professionals.

Guest
Guest

His high salary was to keep a blind eye to corruption. Let's hope for a salary adjustment for the new Superinrendent and an investigation into Notter's pension plan.

SmuckyThompson
SmuckyThompson

None of you shitheads get it. The country is broke. The states are broke. The cities are broke. Drastic measures are called for. The real problem is that the general public is kept in the dark and we are stumbling around in a fantasy world.You want to argue over teacher paycuts when there won't be any money to pay the teachers.You want to argue over a high speed train when there will be no money to pay for anyone to run it.Outsourcing, we will be lucky if we could even afford to do that.

You have complete assholes like Bob and Virgil and MC that seem to think that its business as usual. News Alert, "We are broke". Once the bond market collapses it will be game over. The current politicians from DC to Margate don't get it. They want to argue minutia when the pot is about to boil over. The republicrats and the democans are completely self absorbed.

Just look at the buffoons in Wisconsin. Arguing over wages. There won't be money to pay any wages.

The only solution is the Tea Party and they are belittled and ridiculed.

When times are good we can argue over all the social and military programs we want to. Whoever does the best sales job gets elected. Thats' democracy! But when your broke all the arguements in the world for or against anything won't matter because there is no money to pay for anything.

Until the media gets on board with the concept then Rick Scott needs to do what he is doing. Unfortunately its a little to late. Scott measures will not fix the problem only prolong it. Meanwhile the Republicans in Tally are trying to stick it up the citizens asses one last time.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey nucky what's with the remarks I never said anything about you and if you like lawyers so much go blow one,you fn jerkoff

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

As opposed to Parkland Man , who is simply a moron.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Somehow, I don't think it is necessary.

Christy
Christy

Well if this is true we need to establish a law that ONE person cannot (Obviously) do the job of two and get payed double. The school district is to big to manage and at this point must be micro-managed. Cut district in 1/2 and pay 2 superintendents.Less is more.

Cravin Moorehead
Cravin Moorehead

Let me help you, sport. The country is not "Broke".

All of the wealth has been transferred to to the top 1%. And, on top of that, YOU thought it was a good idea to give them a tax cut!

All that is left of the republican party are the rich and the stupid.

Congrats on your extreme wealth!

Guest
Guest

You are a fool - Rick Scott ran a company that was found guilty of defrauding the governement for BILLIONS of tax dollars.

He is an elitist corporatist -- that means he believes in STEALING from the working people to make corporate executives and investors RICH.

But then if you do not know that by now you MAY BE to simple to understand the world we live in is DESIGNED for people like HIM to take advantage of people like YOU.

The rest of us just suffer you fools.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dear god you are one stupid fuck.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

This country is not broke. On the contrary, it remains the wealthiest nation in the world (by far):

http://www.thetoptenlist.net/2...

While the country is in great debt, debt is relative. I owe the bank a tremendous amount of money for my home, much more than some at the lower end of the economic spectrum will make in their entire lifetimes, but I can afford the payments and have a high standard of living. It is all relative.

Teacher pay cuts are a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to the lost tax revenue from cheating corporations. General Electric paid NO TAXES in 2010 and in other years prior to that. Allow me to repeat that: I, Model Citizen, paid tens of thousands of dollars in income taxes in 2010. GE paid not one red cent. And they are not alone.

Like all conservatives, you live your life in fear and don't have the mental capacity to separate fact from fiction. A cyclical economic downturn sends you into apocalyptic fits.

If you think Scott and Walker are pragmatists that are driven by the desire to bail the country out of economic ruin brought on by wasteful liberal overspending rather than the felonious billionaire-funded ideologues that they are then I've got some prime waterfront property in Tokyo that you should seriously consider purchasing.

This country has the capacity to have a strong middle class, modern infrastructure, educated citizens, immaculate streets and architecture, innovative green technologies, clean air. We could be the envy of the world (like we used to be). But we are falling behind. Not because we're broke. Not because of high speed trains. Not because of the bond market. Not because of arguing over minutiae.

I submit that the problem is two-fold:

1. Fear of taxes. Patriotism is devotion to one's country. Patriots gather together and combine forces to fight a common foe. They share weapons, ammunition, equipment, vehicles, food, water, and other resources. Things with worth. Things with value. Yet some that claim to be patriots, that would "give their lives for their country", won't give another thing: money. Voluntarily paying your taxes is not the ultimate patriotic sacrifice -- death is -- but it is a close second. Paying taxes is patriotic. When Bill Clinton was President we had a tremendous treasure chest -- a tax surplus. George Bush gave it all away. When all pay their fair share of taxes, our economy thrives.

2. Military spending. The United States spends $515 BILLION per year. That's more than China, Russia, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, and The Netherlands combined. All of that spending is unnecessary to defend a geographically isolated country thousands of miles away from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is the biggest money laundering operation in the history of the world.

While I've listed 2 problems above, in reality there is only one problem. The super-wealthy. Rich corporations that fail to contribute their fair share, and wealthy powerful government contractors that take the fair share that all of the rest of us suckers rightly contributed and line their pockets. Social programs are miniscule compared to this graft.

Eliminate these two problems and all of a sudden we've got ourselves a whole different country.

P.S. Stop being such a pussy. If you want to call me out, call Bob out, and call Virgil out as "complete assholes," then use your normal moniker. There is constant criticism coming from your "voice" with differing user names attached. You have no credibility, can't get your facts straight, have yet again demonstrated the fear that immobilizes you, your lack of education, and general all-around limp-wristedness.

Peace.

Guest
Guest

The Tea Party? The ignorant sheep to the Billionaire Puppetmasters. You're a Fool, or maybe you've just been fooled!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

GE just completed their 2nd consecutive fiscal year where they made billions in profits, but paid no taxes. In 2009, they actually received a tax refund. Citigroup, BOA and other household corporate names also paid no taxes in 2009.

You know why we are broke?

Because the elite scumbags in this country sent trillions of dollars worth of jobs and investment capital overseas, and then they created subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid paying their taxes.

And the human filth on Wall Street collapsed the real estate market with their derivatives led ponzi scheme.

The wealthiest 400 of these pigs now have as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the nation, that's 150 million people.

That is why we are broke.

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

We are so broke that our Governor can't even send email? Is that the gist of your argument?

Or is it because most folks in the Tea Party don't know how to use a computer, therefore who the fuck cares about emails.

All this is a a sad state of affairs, considering Florida was once the nation's beacon for Government In The Open.

InsideEdition
InsideEdition

Nucky;Bob knew full well who funded the "survey" that is why he is an asshole. I will agree that government should be in the sunshine but holy crap the only reason they want it in the sunshine is to make sure they can continue to get their slice of the pie or to cause trouble.

Winnir
Winnir

Ya mad me tear up and reconsider quitting tomorrow.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

AND...the Republicans are going to say that, because there us a 23% tax rate on corporations, they are entitled to go overseas so that they can make money. So, in order to keep them here, LOWER the corporate tax rate to 5%...AND give them credit for each person that they hire...(at minimum wage)...and they'll stay here. John Q. Public pays 25%...why not GE, Comcast, Blackwater, etc?????

Hal I. Tosis
Hal I. Tosis

Government In The Open indeed........The people of Florida are so stupid the pols let them know ahead of time they are gonna fuck them, and they support the thief of their choice anyway. That piece of shit Patty Lynn tried to get a bylaw passed in Tamarac Section 8 only last year that forced the homeowners to get prior approval for anyone selling their homes. The members shot that down in a general meeting, and then, just to fix Patty's ass and show how serious they are about their "rights and freedoms" they elected her the president of the homeowner's association.

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