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

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A new Quinnipiac poll finds Gov. Rick Scott’s job performance rating upside-down at 45% disapprove to 36% approve.

Going inside the crosstabs of the poll, here are five instant takeaways.

1. This poll is Christmas come early for former Governor Charlie Crist. Whether it be Scott’s negatives or the findings which show Alex Sink essentially unknown by 57% of respondents, Crist could not be happier with these numbers, especially coming at this time of the year when there probably won’t be any other polling done until weeks into 2013. The narrative laid out by this poll — Scott’s very unpopular, no one cares about Sink and Crist is being welcomed with open arms by Democrats — is the one that political folks will be talking about at Christmas parties and reporters will include in their year-end stories.

2. That’s right, if there is any doubt about Democrats embracing Crist, just look at his ratings among D’s: He has a 65% favorability rating with members of his new party.

3. Republicans may still be approving of Scott’s job performance (63 to 19%), but they’re still looking around the room for some one else. 53% said ‘Yes’ when asked if they would like another candidate to challenge Scott, while only 30% said ‘No.’

4. It’s nothing personal against Scott, by the way. It’s his policies, which means these low numbers are his own doing. Respondents like him as a person by a 36%/32% margin, but 52% dislike his policies.

5. Alex Sink can’t be too happy with these numbers, either. She’s ran statewide twice within the last six years and yet  57% of respondents in this poll said they had not heard enough about her.

Reading this morning’s numbers, I conclude that the most important question about the 2014 gubernatorial race is this: Does Carole Crist want to live in Tallahassee for four years?

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.