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Let's Get to Work? Rick Scott is eighth least popular governor in America



The Buzz has good news and bad news for Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning.

The good news? He is a heck of a lot more popular among Floridians than Gov. Sam Brownback is among Kansas voters. According a months-long nationwide survey of more than 76,000 voters in all 50 states about their governors by Morning Consult, 44 percent approve of Rick Scott's job performance and 47 percent disapprove.

This is positively fabulous when compared to Brownback's numbers - only 26 percent of Kansas voters approve of his job performance and 65 percent disapprove. No governor is more unpopular than Brownback, who ran for president in 2007 and seriously looked at running again in this cycle.

The bad news for Rick Scott? He the eighth least popular governor in America, according to Morning Consult, and one of only 10 governors who has a higher percentage of constituents disapproving of their performance than approving. So given his interest in running for the U.S. Senate in 2018, no wonder the termed out governor continues aggressively raising campaign money. He has a lot of work still to do to improve his image.

Morning Consult surveys conducted between May and November asked 76,569 registered voters in all 50 states whether they approve or disapprove of their governor's job performance. Voters were asked their opinion of their state's governor; each state's sample was weighted based on gender, age, and race, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The Florida sample included 5,886 registered Florida voters (margin of error +/- 1.3 percentage points).

Governors less popular than Scott: Louisiana's Bobby Jindal (35 percent approve/60 percent disapprove); Brownback in Kansas (26/65); Connecticut's Dan Malloy (36/56); Maine's Paul LePage (39/57); New Jersey's Chris Christie (40/57) Wisconsin's Scott Walker (40/57); Illinois' Bruce Rauner (42/45).

Two thoughts immediately come to mind:  First, Scott shares a lot of top political advisers with Louisiana Gov. and former presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, whose numbers are far worse than Scott's. And, second, what in the world is it with these governors loathed at home running for president?!

America's most popular governors include Massachussetts' Charlie Baker (74 percent approve/14 percent disapprove); South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard (70/20); and Nevada's Brian Sandoval (66/20).

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[Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2015 2:05pm]


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