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Florida voters divided on Governor Rick Scott's job performance, Quinnipiac University poll says

QUINNIPIAC, Conn. - Florida voters are divided on whether they believe Governor Rick Scott is doing a good job.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning, the Governor received a positive approval from voters for the first time since February 2011, his second month in office.

Forty-five percent of voters approve of the job Scott is doing compared to 44% who disapprove. Two months ago pollsters found 49 percent of voters disapproved of the job Scott was doing while just 39 percent approved.

The Governor is likely to call the new poll numbers a victory for his economic policies.

“With little attention on him these days, Gov. Rick Scott gets his best approval rating ever, perhaps useful for the lame-duck governor who is rumored to be interested in running for the Senate in 2018,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Breaking down the numbers further, more men (53 to 38 percent) are giving Gov. Scott a positive approval rating compared to women who are more likely to disapprove (50 to 39 percent).

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Florida voters approve of the job both U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are doing.

Rubio is more well-liked than Nelson. The Republican presidential candidate receives a 57% job approval rating compared to Nelson's 45% positive approval rating.

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The major issue voters cannot give an answer to is if they like any of the major candidates running to replace Rubio in the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Quinnipiac University found no candidate has achieved enough voter recognition for a valid measure of their favorability.

Of the nine Senate candidates pollsters asked about, there were just two (Alan Grayson and Bill McCollum) that more than 10% of voters say they have an unfavorable opinion of.

In fact, the percentage of Florida voters who say they do not know enough about a specific candidate is high:

  • 93% - Rep. Jeff Miller (R)
  • 92% - Todd Wilcox (R)
  • 87% - Rep. Ron DeSantis (R)
  • 86% - Lt. Gov.  Carlos López-Cantera (R)
  • 86% - Rep. Gwen Graham (D)
  • 86% - Rep. David Jolly (R)
  • 81% - Rep. Patrick Murphy (D)
  • 71% - Bill McCollum (R)
  • 67% - Rep. Alan Grayson (D)


For the complete poll results, including Senate races in Ohio and Pennsylvania, visit www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2273 .

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