Times Poll: Tampa Bay split on Rick Scott
Voters on both sides of Tampa Bay remain ambivalent about Gov. Rick Scott after his third year in office, and they are sharply divided over his job performance as he seeks a second term.
In a survey of voters in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, 46 percent graded Scott's overall job performance as good or average, and 44 percent called it not so good or poor.
Only 5 percent said Scott's job performance was excellent, and the remaining 5 percent had no opinion. The results suggest that Scott has a long way to go to convince voters in a crucial bellwether region of Florida that he deserves four more years in office.
The poll for the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and AM 820 News was conducted by phone Dec. 12-17 and has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.
The survey results fit a consistent pattern since Scott took office three years ago this week: Despite his highly disciplined focus on creating jobs in a time of steadily improving economic conditions, people are still lukewarm about Florida's 45th governor.