Governor Scott Poll Numbers Improving

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By: Andy Alcock
June 18, 2013

A new poll shows former Florida Governor Charlie Crist with a big but shrinking lead in a potential race with Governor Rick Scott.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Crist leads 47 to 37 percent.

However, the ten point lead is down from 16 in March.

Florida Republican Party Chair Lenny Curry says the 2012 election was too much of a distraction for Floridians to focus on Scott.

"Now that noise is gone and we have the opportunity to tell our story and it's a really good narrative," said Curry.

Curry says that story includes 300,000 jobs created, paying down the state debt by nearly $2-billion and record investment in education.

Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant says the jobs numbers are due to national policy and improvement in tourism.

She says Scott missed opportunities to create tens of thousands of jobs with Obamacare and high speed rail.

"There was no leadership taken during the session on the issues that mattered to me, to most Floridians and mattered to even Republicans and to him," said Tant.

As for a possible match up with Crist, Tant points out only State Senator Nan Rich has formally announced a run for governor on the Democratic side.

"We do hear Alex Sink's name a lot," said Tant. "We still hear Bill Nelson's name percolating around and of course Charlie Christ," she said.

"Charlie Crist has a record," said Curry. "That record is over 800,000 jobs lost, $2-billion in new debt, housing crash and crisis," he said.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating is improving, though not to the point that it's likely to deter any potential challengers in 2014.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows 43 percent of voters approve of the job Scott is doing and 40 percent have a favorable opinion of him.

While those numbers aren't sizzling, they are better than the 36 percent job approval that voters gave him three months ago. Then, 33 percent had a favorable view of the Republican governor.

The poll shows Scott is still trailing former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in a head-to-head matchup. Crist is widely expected to seek his old job as a Democrat. The poll shows 47 percent would support Crist to 37 percent for Scott. The margin of error was plus/minus 2.9 percentage points.

By: Mike Vasilinda
June 18, 2013

Governor Rick Scott filed his papers to run for Governor three years ago this week. “I’m dully qualified to hold office” said Governor Rick Scott on January 4th, 2011.

Immediately after being elected, the new governor’s approval rating dropped like a rock. The numbers have stayed low. Quinnipiac University’s poll now shows Scott with a 43 favorable and 44 percent saying his performance isn’t good. Still, that’s an improvement. “His job approval is the best that Quinnipiac has recorded since he has been in office. Same goes for his favorable-unfavorable ratio” says Peter Brown, Quinnipiac University Pollster.

Unfortunately for Scott, 50 percent of voters say he doesn’t deserve a second term. In a potential match up with either former Governor Charlie Crist, or U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Scott loses by ten points.

But that’s if the election was held today, not 17 months from now, the poll also surveyed all registered voters not those likely to vote in an off year election.

Poll respondents give Scott more credit than the president for an improving economy. “Incumbents benefit when people think that economy is good and things are good,” says Peter Brown.

The poll shows that potential challenger Charlie Crist’s weak spot could be his party switching. In March, 50 percent said it was a good thing. The June poll is 47 favorable with 44 percent saying he lacks core values.

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