Post voter-purge, Rick Scott’s disapproval rating grows to 49%

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With wide partisan and racial division, and a small gender gap, Florida voters support 60 – 35 percent Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to purge non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

There are similar partisan and racial divisions, and a wider gender gap, as Sunshine State voters support 56 – 37 percent the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.

Gov. Scott, however, is still unpopular with the state’s electorate, who disapprove 49 – 39 percent of the job he is doing, compared to a 46 – 41 percent disapproval May 24, Scott’s best score in his 18 months in office.

Support for the attempted voter purges is 90 – 8 percent among Republicans and 59 – 37 percent among independent voters, while Democrats are opposed 60 – 33 percent.

But unlike the gender split on many major political issues, there is little disagreement among the sexes on the purge: Men support it 63 – 33 percent while women back it 58 – 37 percent.  White voters back the purge 67 – 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 – 38 percent and Hispanic voters support it 49 – 42 percent.

“Gov. Rick Scott may be a lot less popular in Florida these days than President Barack Obama, but on the face-off between the two on the purge issue, Floridians seem to be solidly in Scott’s corner,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Whether this voter purge becomes a big deal issue in the campaign or not is not clear at this point.”

Support for Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is 81 – 12 percent among Republicans and 55 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Democrats opposed 60 – 30 percent.

Men back the law 63 – 33 percent, while women back it 50 – 40 percent.  White voters support it 60 – 33 percent, while black voters oppose it 59 – 31 percent.  Hispanic voters support the law 58 – 32 percent.

“There is solid support for ‘Stand Your Ground’ among Florida voters, especially Republicans,” said Brown.  “Republican lawmakers, who dominate the State Legislature, would be taking on their own base if they were to change the law.”

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.

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.

“Florida voters don’t approve of the job Gov. Scott is doing.  They don’t like his policies, and they are mixed on whether they like him as a person,” said Brown.  “Women especially disapprove and dislike their governor.  He has some work to do here.”

U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are doing just OK in the eyes of the state’s voters:  Nelson has a 47 – 32 percent approval rating, while Rubio’s is 51 – 31 percent.

Voters disapprove 50 – 31 percent of the job the State Legislature is doing.

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.