Rick Scott is one of the most unpopular governors in the country. A Quinnipiac Poll released today shows Scott’s approval rating at 29 percent, down from 35 percent in April. As Whitney Ray tells us, his numbers are low now, but Scott has three and a half years to make his case to voters.
Two out of three Florida voters dislike the way Governor Rick Scott is leading the state, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. The rookie governor barely won election, garnering less than half the vote…
And once he took office, his plans to layoff state workers, privatize prisons and freeze regulations brought crowds of protesters to Tallahassee.
Democrats say Scott is out of touch with Florida voters.
“It’s beyond clear at this point that Rick Scott is completely out of touch with Florida. He’s completely out of touch with what average Floridians are going through, with what middle class Floridians are dealing with,” said Florida Democrat Spokesman Eric Jotkoff.
The poll shows 70 percent of Democrats disapprove of Governor Scott’s job performance.
Democrats aren’t the only upset voters. A slim majority, just 51 percent of the Republicans polled, actually approve of the job Scott is doing. Quinnipiac Pollster Peter Brown says there’s no sunny side to Scott’s poll numbers.
“These are not good numbers. There’s no way to spin these numbers that are good for the governor,” said Brown.
The good news for Scott is there’s plenty of time to improve his rating before the 2014 election. Scott has promised to create 700-thousand jobs in seven years. If his plan is working before Floridians vote his popularity will likely improve.
Scott has said in the past he’s not trying to be popular, he’s trying to be effective.