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Poll: Months of phone calls didn't move the scales on Gov. Scott's popularity



A new poll out by Sunshine State News finds that despite months of recorded phone calls to Republicans and independent voters across the state touting his achievements, Gov. Rick Scott still can't catch a break. Floridians surveyed by the pollsters found that only 27 percent of registered voters think the governor is doing a good job -- even lower than the 29 percent recorded by Quinnipiac University poll in May.

The cross tabs show the depth of the displeasure, with 34 percent of 420 Republicans surveyed disapproving of the governor's performance and 59 percent of the 100 independents. Even among those who are doing better economically than a year ago, 57 percent say they disapprove of the governor while 66 percent of those who are doing worse than a year ago disapprove.

The rejection cuts across all age groups, with those over 55 slightly more satisfied with the governor's performance. And 64 percent of women gave him an unfavorable rating while 52 percent of men did.

The Republican Party of Florida paid for the calls, which ranged from touting his budget vetoes and his newfound promise to find money for education, to his work with Attorney General Pam Bondi cracking down on pill mill abusers.

The statewide poll of 1,000 registered likely voters was done July 5-7 asking a single issue question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Rick Scott is doing as governor?" The online news site said that the interviews were conducted using automatic polling software, asking pre-recorded questions, with interviews selected from a statewide voter file. Only voters with prior vote history in general elections 2006 and/or 2008 were contacted. There is margin of error of +/- 3.10 percent. The news site did not detail how it statistically-weighted it results.

Meanwhile, the governor got some good news today too. Florida's ranking as a business-friendly state, according to a CNBC report, as reported by Florida Current today, moved up from 28 to 18. It had been ranked #8 before the recession.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 11:46am]


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