POLL: Scott Ratings Up, Monitor Watch Members

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

May 11, 2012 -

Gov. Rick Scott is doing better with Florida voters, with his approval rating and favorability growing by seven points each over the last three and a half months, according to a new Suffolk University/WSVN-Miami poll. The survey of likely voters showed 42 percent approved of Scott's job as governor, while 44 percent disapproved -- in late January, the survey found 35 percent approval and 45 percent disapproval. And 37 percent of voters said their opinion of Scott was favorable, up from 30 percent in January; about 45 percent said their opinion was unfavorable, down slightly from 48 percent earlier. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democratic incumbent that Republicans view as vulnerable in this November's elections, was viewed favorably by 41 percent of those polled, with 26 percent saying their opinion was unfavorable. And while 50 percent of respondents said they favored the "Stand Your Ground" gun laws that have received scrutiny in the aftermath of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 71 percent also said sheriffs should more closely monitor neighborhood watch groups and volunteers. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot 17-year-old Martin in February under disputed circumstances; Zimmerman has claimed self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law. The survey also found that Floridians are pessimistic about the economy, with 81 percent believing the recession is not over in Florida and 55 percent saying the state's housing market isn't getting better. And an amendment seeking to bar public funding for abortions or health-care plans covering the procedure could be hotly contested, with 47 percent of those polled saying they oppose the measure and 45 percent approving of it. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted May 6-8 and has a margin of error of four percentage points.

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  • by RICKY BOBBY on May 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
  • by polling Location: fl on May 12, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    when you get outside the state workers & union groups he polls good with every day people.
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to polling
      Really? What poll is that? I haven't seen ANY polls that show him doing well.
  • by the emperor has no clothes Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM
    Let's get to work? All the cutting in the wrong areas and we're still tied with Mississippi at 43rd. Whoop-de-doo.
  • by live oak on May 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    why dont he focas on other things going on in florida such as bullying. if you really take a long hard look many kids are getting bullied and no one hears them. plse parents, teachers and families. take time out to listen to your child. they do have something to say about it. mr. scott......you need to be doing something about our children. dont pass this by. it will be the greatest thing you ever do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    I plan to vote against him as he and his Cabinet have done nothing beneficial for my benefit or for anyone else I closely and personally know. I hope everyone has enough evidence to see we don`t need for him to have a second term as he clearly is a worse Governor that Claude Kirk was [who had held the record].
  • by Anon on May 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    Great Governor. He's got my family's vote.
  • by Judd on May 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    The uncovicted felon got his corporate fluffer buddies to vote for him.
  • by Anon on May 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    Must have taken the poll out of the State! I don't know anyone who admits to voting for the criminal the first time much less approve of him now.
  • by Behind the fence Location: Perry on May 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    Scott is a carpetbagging, bald-headed, egotistic, lying crook. again someone tell me one job he has created in this state because of his personal involvement. crickets!!!!! Any post on here that is for him is always anonymous! I honestly think it's him sitting at the capital entering these on his behalf....because nobody...I MEAN NOBODY likes this idiot...they despise him...they loathe him entirely! You will see people come out like never before to make sure he does not get a second chance...
  • by randy Location: tallahassee on May 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    keep it up rick, you are doing a great job and you will always have my vote.
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