AIF releases polling data showing Scott’s approval rating in upper 40s

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Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released key polling data, showing a clear contradiction in recently released polling data that has Governor Rick Scott’s approval rating in the low 30s.  Further, the AIF poll, conducted by OnMessage Inc., from March 5-6, 2013, of 800 likely voters also showed that 74 percent of those surveyed agreed that the Florida Legislature should utilize available federal funding to provide health care coverage to more Floridians in a way that increases accessibility, affordability and quality, while also protecting the financial health of the state. 

“What this data shows is that there is support for providing health care coverage to more Floridians, as long as it is done in a way that does not harm the state’s financial health,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of AIF.  “The poll also revealed to us that a large majority of Floridians, 73 percent, believe that everyone should be entitled to health care no matter what their employment or financial situation is.  Again, showing us a clearer picture of the landscape of Florida, relating to the ongoing debate on health care.” 

“Further, this poll shows us what many of us already knew, which is that Governor Scott’s approval rating is not on the decline,” continued Feeney.  “But rather, his approval is holding strong at 47 percent, as opposed to dropping into the low 30s.  I believe this is because of his continued commitment to job growth and economic stability.” 


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.