Rick Scott's Approval Rating Reaches an All-Time High: 37 Percent

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Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating was polled as the highest of his governorship at 37 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

The increase is due to a higher opinion of Scott's job performance from members of the Republican Party, as both Democrats and Independents disapproved of the governor at a higher rate than in previous months.

The poll shows 70 percent of Republicans approve of his job performance -- with just 18 percent disapproving -- compared to having 61-to-23 percent approval/disapproval from Republicans just a month ago.

On the other hand, 82 percent of Democrats disapprove of Scott's job performance, while 8 percent approve, compared to 78 percent opposed and 14 percent approving in August.

Independents gave the governor 54 percent thumbs-down and 34 percent thumbs-up, from 50 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval in August.

"Gov. Scott certainly has a long way to go till he can see the breakeven point, but his ratings that dropped to awful are now just bad," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It is reasonable to assume that his improvement is an endorsement of his new outreach strategy."

When poll respondents where asked how they liked the governor as a person, the pollsters found that women had gained a much more positive view of Scott.

"Women split 36 - 36 percent on liking Scott, compared to a 47 - 30 percent dislike August 5. Men also split, 39 - 38 percent, virtually unchanged from 39 - 42 percent last month," Quinnipiac says.

Brown says the increase is likely due to the governor's public-relations campaign -- which he's spent loads of money on in an attempt to make him more popular.

"Gov. Rick Scott has been trying to put on a charm offensive -- both in changing how he deals with the news media and spending more time meeting ordinary Floridians from around the state. It appears to be working, at least a little," Brown says.

In other questions of the survey, the pollsters say 71 percent of Floridians support drug testing welfare recipients, and 49 percent of respondents gave a favorable rating of Sen. Marco Rubio, compared to 31 percent disapproving.

Check out Talking Points Memo's PollTracker of Scott's approval rating, which will likely be updated with the new numbers at some point today:



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James Doudican
James Doudican

On the surface, drug testing welfare recipients seems like a quick and easy public opinion slam dunk. Most people don't have a clue about the welfare or criminal drug use society. What we are even less aware of is our self supporting government infrastructure. The move is great P.R. but has the added benefit of secondary businesses that oversee the poor and unrepresented. There is a big machine in place to police the poor and it's all supported by legislature that seems appropriate. Most of the businesses that benefit from this legislation are owned or chaired directly or indirectly by the same politicians that propose the laws to implement them. Believe me is they could convince the general population that they needed to conduct drug testing on a wider basis they would. Don't be surprise if in the near future proposals for comprehensive school drug testing are put forth. We sometimes need to step out of our comfort zone and look at what the real angle is.

Joel Goodman
Joel Goodman

MAYBE EVEN THE GUTLESS, SPEND LIKE IT GOES OUT OF STYLE FOoLS, ARE BEGINNING TO WAKE UP AND RECOGNISE THAT WE HAVE A MAN As governor that wants to do the right thing and not just play politics and pander to the scum the editorializes in our local fishwrappers. GO GUV>

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

In 1451, Atiila the Hun had a 38% approval rating.

And that was after he plundered the Balkans.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

A war on drugs.  A charm offensive...  What's next?  Outlawing schweddy balls?

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

Hey, Scotts numbers are better than that commy dipshit Obozo. ROFL at you dumbass Lefty Anal Warts.

david ramsey
david ramsey

people SHOULD have researched him before voting for him.He is a crook,like the REST of them.

Jonathon Sharkey
Jonathon Sharkey

Rick Scott and the FRP think he's a great Governor. A Jeb Bush he will never be. Even Lawton Chiles was better than Pink Slip Ricky.

flnative1
flnative1

Actually with the margin of error factored in, there is little change on most of the numbers. And when asked about Gov Scott's policies that number has stayed the same within the margin or error with only 35% liking and 53% don't like. His disapproval actually went up beyond the margin of error among democrats and more worrisome independents. It's his rise in disapproval among independents which should cause concern as to how this may sway the vote during the presidential election.

Tt
Tt

Get real. Rick Scott is incompetent

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I'm no mathematician here, but it would seem as if Obama's lowest approval rating, 43 percent, is slightly higher than Scott's highest approval rating, 37 percent.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Actually, they are not.

Just in case you were interested in the facts.

123
123

so is alex sink. --who he ran against. they all are. what do you want, a stupid crook or a smart crook? People can be upset all they want, but his competition wasn't much better. The only difference is then the democrats would aleast be happy with the party, and the republicans would be upset. Lose-lose either way.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

You'd also have to figure in the margin of error on the comparison numbers too -- which I believe was also 3.1 percent -- but yes, you are correct.

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I believe the statute of limitations ran out on that one.

Tt
Tt

Obama is a great smart leader

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

You forget to do the fahrenheit to celsius conversion...

BTW, I *am* a mathematician.

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