60% of Florida voters support Rick Scott’s voter purge, poll finds

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According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, a majority of Florida voters support Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to purge non-citizens from the voter rolls.

 The survey released Wednesday indicates 60 percent of voters support the purge program, while 35 percent oppose the effort.

Last week, the Department of Justice announced it was suing Florida over the state’s attempts to purge ineligible voters. The same day, Scott announced he was suing the Department of Homeland Security for holding up his purge program.

On Tuesday, a coalition of voting groups also filed a suit to stop the state from carrying out its purge program. Those groups and the Department of Justice say the plan unfairly targets minorities.

The Quinnipiac poll showed a substantial racial gap on the issue. White voters support it 67 percent to 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 percent to 38 percent. Hispanic voters support the purge, 49 percent to 42 percent.

There is also a strong partisan divide. Ninety percent of Republicans support the voter purge, while 60 percent of Democrats are opposed.

The purge may be popular, but Scott is still struggling in that area. Only 39 percent say they approve of the job Scott’s doing in office, with 49 percent say they disapprove.

“Gov. Rick Scott may be a lot less popular in Florida these days than President Barack Obama, but on the face-off between the two on the purge issue, Floridians seem to be solidly in Scott’s corner,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll was conducted from June 12 to 18, with a sample of 1,697 voters and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.