New Poll Reveals Floridians Are Skeptical About State's Economic Future

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

Times are tough for many Floridians. The slippery downfall of the economy has left thousands of people without jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

"I see so many clients every day sitting in my chair, and either somebody knows someone who has lost a job, who cannot find a jobs, and people who have had their jobs for 20 something years, they lose it and they don't know what to do," said hair dresser Selena Rudd.

More than half of Floridians surveyed in a recent poll say they believe things will stay the same or possibly even get worse over the next 5 years.

"That poll is pretty eye opening. It's pretty scary that people think that the economy is not getting any better, that jobs aren't going to be available and that's something I'm going to need," said FSU freshman Michael Anaya.

But employment experts say that is not the case, at least not for job seekers in Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden counties.

"There are opportunities. As a matter of fact, just over the last month alone, there were 250 new jobs posted in our system and that's just for one month, but this number is larger than previously seen," said Workforce plus CEO Kimberly Moore.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is still getting his feet wet in office, but Floridians hope he keeps his promise to keep job creation at the top of his list.

Also in the Leadership Florida poll which questioned over 1200 Floridians, 65 percent of them believe the state government spends tax revenue in a relatively wasteful manner and 75 percent rated the state government's performance as "fair" or "poor".


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  • by quincy on Feb 15, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    going down hill jack what do you think.ask the rep.last i heard they were the ones stealing the money
  • by Lip Cheese on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    I wish Charlie Sheen ran the country, at least then we could understand the insanity!! Ha! Ha!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Posted by: Bubba Location: Tallahassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 01:26 PM "Hey what a moron..., just remember how we got here - years of conservative mismanagement, fraud and abuse." Huh?? Years of democrats mismanagement, yes, years of republicans mismanagement yes again, but there hasn't been a true conservative in power at a state or national level in my lifetime. Republican does not equal conservative, nor does democrat equal liberal. Also there isn't a dimes worth of difference between republicans and democrats, there all politicians.
  • by oh my goodness on Feb 15, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    Bubba - what was the Federal debt when that idiot OweBummer took office? What is it now? Do the math... you really are an idiot.
  • by quincy on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    i wish everyone would stop blaming barac.he didnot start this mess.so stop pointing fingers and fix the mess.that sould be the focus
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    As long as Obama is the president people will continue to be skeptical. Plain and simple.
  • by Bubba Location: Tallahassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Hey what a moron..., just remember how we got here - years of conservative mismanagement, fraud and abuse. So go suck on those eggs if you don't like the way things are today. You could always go live in Iran, they like true believers there.
  • by what a moron... on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    Hey Bubba - and you would have the Democraps make it a welfare state with everyone that is too lazy to work sitting on the couch watching Oprah and collecting a check??? Take a look at the Federal debt my friend, your bunch is killing this country and have no thoughts of stopping the uncontrolled spending. We are in big trouble, plain and simple.
  • by karynfl Location: Tallahassee on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    "Florida Governor Rick Scott is still getting his feet wet in office, but Floridians hope he keeps his promise to keep job creation at the top of his list." Floridians want new jobs - but not at any cost. A blank check to pollute our air, soil, water and/or destroy our ocean and beaches should not be the carrot dangled to attract corporations to move to Florida. Neither should offering cheaper utilities to companies at the expense of raising rates for Florida's citizens be considered acceptable. Rick Scott made lots of promises - but it seems like his intent is to be a tool for businesses rather than do what is right for Floridians and our state. I hope he will prove me wrong, but I do not trust this new governor.
  • by tom Location: madison on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Democrats blaming the republicans and Republicans blaming the Democrats, meanwhile the Federal Reserve controls the bank account account and keeps printing dollars and creating bubbles........it does not matter folks....things will get worse in every state....much worse.........trouble is when it happens half will blame the other half and the bankers walk off with billions
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