Q poll: Most support purge; Scott still underwater
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that 60 percent of Floridians approve of Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to purge non-citizens from the voter rolls, while 35 percent disapprove. The statewide survey of 1,697 adults, conducted June 12-18, has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.
Other highlights of the latest Q poll:
* Scott remains unpopular, with 49 percent of Floridians disapproving of his job performance and 39 percent approving. That's a slight drop from the last Q poll in May, in which Scott was upside down by a 46-41 percent margin. Women disapprove Scott by a 50-35 percent margin. "(Scott) has some work to do here," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
* Scott's personal popularity with his constituents is very shaky. Asked whether they like Scott "as a person," 37 percent said yes, 35 percent said no, and 29 percent didn't know or had no opinion.
* Only 22 percent of Floridians believe the economy has improved since Scott took office -- hardly a ringing endorsement of the "jobs governor." A total of 43 percent believe things have stayed the same since Scott took office 18 months ago and 31 percent think things are worse. (The state's unemployment rate has dropped by more than 2 percentage points with Scott at the helm).
* Both of Florida's U.S. senators got good grades in the poll. By a margin of 51-31 percent, people approve of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's job performance, and the approval rating for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is 47-32 percent.
* The state Legislature got poor marks. Fifty percent of Floridians disapprove of the job lawmakers are doing, 31 percent approve and 19 percent had no opinion.