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PPP survey: Rick Scott highly unpopular -- 55% dislike, 32% like



You could say Rick Scott's honeymoon is over...but that would suggest he had one in the first place.

That's the opening line of the analysis of Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers by Public Policy Polling, whose survey shows Scott is one of the least well-liked governors in the nation. Overall, 32 percent like his job performance compared to 55 percent who dislike him.

PPP, a firm that often polls for Democrats, found that Scott is only more popular than unpopular among Republics. But not by a big amount: 57-27.

Among Democrats and independents, Scott's support is essentially "non-existent," the pollster found. And it says that in a hypothetical matchup he'd lose 56-37 to Democrat Alex Sink, whom he bested by the thinnest of margins in November. Back then, most polls showed Scott narrowly trailed Sink.

But the polls didn't account for turnout. As much as Scott turned off voters, Sink didn't turn them on enough. Republicans over-performed. Democrats underperformed. Independents sided with Republicans. Scott was swept in with the Republican red tide, though he got the fewest votes of any statewide winner on the November ballot.

"Even as he prepared to enter office last December, PPP found that only about a third of voters liked him, and 43% disliked him," the poll found. "But instead of building good will in the last few months, Scott has continued to turn more voters off."

This poll is a beauty contest at best. The election is years away. And Scott knows that his fortunes will rise and fall on the issue of jobs. If the economy is booming, his chances for re-election are far better (assuming he has the same message-management and polling team). If the economy struggles, so will Scott.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:26am]


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