Instant analysis: Key takeaways from today’s Quinnipiac poll of Rick Scott and his policies

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A new Quinnipiac poll finds Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating upside-down at 36%/49%.

Let’s go inside the crosstabs of the poll and found these instant key takeaways.

1. There is a tremendous disconnect between Rick Scott as a person and political leader and his policies.  While 60% approve of Scott’s voter purge, Florida voters split 37 – 35 percent when asked if they like Scott as a person and, despite support for the voter purge, voters don’t like the governor’s policies 49 – 37 percent.

2. Rick Scott’s approval rating is likely to stay where it is: In twelve polls conducted by Quinnipiac, Scott’s approval rating has been in the 30s ten times, once in the 20s and once in the 40s. (Great back-of-the-napkin from Bloomberg’s Michael Bender.)

3. Support for Scott and his policies is where it’s at because of strong support for Scott among Republicans while his support with Democrats remained level and dropped among Independents. Scott’s job approval among Republicans is 71 – 19 percent.  Independent voters give him 52 – 36 percent thumbs down, while Democrats disapprove overwhelmingly, 75 – 14 percent.  Men disapprove 47 – 42 percent, while women disapprove 50 – 35 percent.

4. Scott’s disapproval among Hispanic voters is at 54%, the highest for him in a Quinnipiac poll.

5. What does it say about the Florida Legislature that it is more unpopular than Rick Scott? Only 31% of Floridians approve of the job it’s doing.

One last comment, as Gary Fineout notes, the most important number for Scott — and President Obama — is that 59 percent of Floridians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Florida.

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