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Poll: Romney leads Obama in Fla; Rick Scott "wildly unpopular"



Suffolk University/7NEWS (WSVN-Miami) poll of 600  registered voters in Florida (MoE +/- 4 percent) --Remember skeptics, these guys actually showed Hillar Clinton positioned to beat Obama in New Hampshire in 2008 -- shows 48 percent of Florida voters disapprove of President Obama's performance and 41 percent approve, though the only Republican to edge Obama was Mitt Romney, 43 percent to 42 percent. Romney was comfortably leading other prospective Republican primary candidates.

When asked to characterize Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s first 100 days in office, 41 percent of respondents said “negative and damaging,” compared with 26 percent who said “positive and productive.” Twenty percent felt Scott’s actions over the last three months have had “little impact.” Overall, 53 percent said they disagreed with how Scott is governing the state. Of those disapproving, 18 percent were registered Republicans, 57 percent were Democrats and 25 percent independents/no party. 

“So much for a political honeymoon; it’s taken Gov. Scott less than 100 days to begin a free fall in popularity and to generate negative perceptions about job performance and damaging the state he was elected to lead,” said Paleologos. “There has been a backlash in public opinion on both sides of the aisle in response to his aggressive and uncompromising leadership style.” 

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[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:13pm]


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