Poll: Rick Scott more popular than Florida Legislature

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As Florida Gov. Rick Scott steels himself for a Session showdown with the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature, he got some good news from a new poll.

A University of North Florida survey shows that, among registered voters in Florida, Scott is more popular than the legislative branch.

46 percent of those surveyed approve of Scott, with 40 percent disapproving.

Scott’s strength is with Republicans, according to the UNF poll; 74 percent approve of the Governor, compared to 24 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of NPAs.

Meanwhile, the Legislature sees that same mark of disapproval, but only 39 percent approval.

The approval numbers for the Legislature, asserted UNF polling director Michael Binder, were a “surprise … a very positive number for them compared to most polling on Congress.”

UNF polled 973 people — 27 percent on landlines — between the dates of Feb. 13 and Feb. 26. The asserted margin of error is 3 percent.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.