Rick Scott’s approval rating now at 52%

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A new poll released by Morning Consult found 52 percent of Sunshine State voters approve of the job Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing, while 37 percent disapprove.

The new rating shows a drop for the second-term governor compared to the previous edition of the rankings, where 57 percent of voters approved of him and 34 percent disapproved for a net loss of 8 percent, from plus-23 to plus-15 among voters.

Scott’s numbers put him in the middle of the pack among the nation’s governors.

His approval rating was good enough to put him in a tie for 27th place alongside the governors of California, Delaware, South Carolina and Washington, while his negatives put him in league with the governors of California and Pennsylvania for the 14th highest disapproval rating.

The Morning Consult poll collected responses from 195,704 registered voters nationwide between April 1 and July 10. In addition to opinions on their state’s governor, voters were asked whether they approve or disapprove of the job performance of President Donald Trump, both of their U.S. senators, their representative in the House and their mayor.

The data covering senators, released last week, found both of Florida’s senators were in positive territory among voters.

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio came in with lower numbers than Scott, with 49 percent of voters saying he was up to snuff and 37 percent saying he wasn’t for a plus-12 net approval rating.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson outperformed Scott among respondents with a 53 percent approval rating and a 25 percent disapproval rating. Nelson and Scott are expected to be general election opponents in the 2018 senate election.

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.