Florida Chamber poll, perhaps not unsurprisingly, shows positive numbers for Mitt Romney and Rick Scott

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A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll shows Florida voters approving of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the Republican convention in Tampa while Florida Governor Rick Scott is garnering favorable ratings as more voters say they believe the Sunshine State is headed in the right direction.

The rolling track poll of likely voters conducted for the Florida Chamber by Cherry Communications finds that a majority of those surveyed — 54 percent — see Romney as favorable while 36 percent view him as unfavorable. The poll shows that President Barack Obama is upside down in Florida with 52 percent viewing him as unfavorable while 44 percent see him as favorable.

“Having the Republican National Convention in Tampa seems to have helped Mitt Romney in Florida,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber. “Romney presented himself as a leader and voters in Florida are accepting that message. Romney’s favorable numbers went up and his unfavorable numbers went down. Obama’s unfavorable numbers went up as Florida voters tuned into the convention.”

Scott’s numbers are improving as 43 percent of those surveyed say they see the governor favorably while 38 percent view him as unfavorable.

“Florida voters are applauding Rick Scott for having focused on Hurricane Isaac instead of attending the Republican convention,” said Johnson. “Scott showed leadership and Floridians are responding positively.”

 The poll finds voters are feeling much better about the way things are going in Florida. When asked if they think the state is headed in the right direction, 39% of those surveyed say it is. The same percentage of voters—39 percent–insist Florida is heading in the wrong direction.  That is an improvement from the July results when 37% felt Florida was going in the right direction and 42% believed the state was headed in the wrong direction.

The rolling tracking poll of 905 likely voters in Florida was taken from August 28-30, 2012.The poll has a +/- 3% margin of error with a 95% confidence level.

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.