Gov. Rick Scott has a negative 38 – 50 percent job approval rating, compared to his previous high score, a negative 37 – 50 percent score last September 11, still one of the lowest job approval ratings of any governor in the seven states in which Quinnipiac University conducts surveys.
By 34 – 16 percent, voters say Florida’s economy is worse rather than better since Scott took office, with 45 percent saying it is about the same. Those who say it has improved credit Scott 81 – 13 percent rather than President Barack Obama for the improvement. Those who say it has declined, however, blame the governor rather than the president 65 – 19 percent.
“Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to reduce Medicaid spending and use part of that money for education gets a big no from the voters. The best he gets is a 59 – 30 percent no from Republicans,” said Brown.
Opposition is even greater, 77 – 15 percent among Democrats and 67 – 26 percent among independent voters. Women say no 63 – 25 percent and men are opposed 71 – 23 percent.
“As Gov. Scott enters his second year in office, he remains in the job approval doghouse. He still has a long way to go to get into the voters’ good graces and the high 40s percent range in job approval which is the minimum generally needed for reelection – and less than three years to get there,” said Brown. “Compared to last month, at least, he seems headed in the right direction.”
Republicans approve of Scott 67 – 22 percent but the thumbs down is 75 – 13 percent from Democrats and 54 – 35 percent from independent voters. Men are divided 44 – 45 percent, while women disapprove 54 – 32 percent.
“Scott needs to bring home more of his own party members and improve his standing among independents,” said Brown.
When voters are asked if they like him personally, regardless of his policies, they say yes 39 – 34 percent, compared to 37 – 37 percent in September.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a 50 – 29 percent job approval, while Sen. Bill Nelson has a 47 – 30 percent job score. The State Legislature has a negative 33 – 49 percent approval rating.