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New Poll Finds Governor Scott's Approval Rating "Just Plain Awful"

Governor Rick Scott’s been in office for more than two years now, and in that time his ratings haven’t budged much. In fact, they’re just about as low as they were when he started. According to a new poll, a majority of voters want to see a new person in the Governor’s mansion in 2014.

Only 36 percent of Floridians approve of the job Governor Rick Scott is doing. And more than half of registered Republican voters say they’d prefer another candidate in 2014. That’s according to the latest Quinnipiac Institute poll.  Director Peter Brown says people just don’t like Scott:

“He didn’t raise taxes, he cut government spending, and the economy in Florida  is getting better, even  though people think President Obama is more responsible. All of those things are true, but they still don’t seem to like him. And they don’t want another four years with him.” 

When it comes to potential Democratic Challengers, the survey gives former Governor Charlie Crist a 47 percent favorable rating with a majority of Democrats and Independents reporting a positive view of him. Meanwhile, 57 percent of respondents say they don’t know enough about former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, to form an opinion.

 “Those numbers might indicate she has some work to do to remind voters who she is," said Brown.

Sink narrowly lost against Scott in 2010.  The poll has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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