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PPP poll: Scott approval relapses
Posted Jun 8, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s approval ratings, after improving over the last few months, have relapsed, leaving him vulnerable to almost any significant Democratic challenger, according to a Public Pollcy Polling survey.
In the poll, 31 percent of registered voters said they approve of Scott’s performance in office, to 56 percent disapproval.
Scott’s actions in initiating and pushing a recent purge of voter rolls aimed at non-citizens—which Democrats and voting rights activists say threatens to disenfranchise legitimate voters and is politically motivated—may have hurt his popularity, the poll suggested. Only 34 percent of those in the poll approved of the purge, and 50 percent disapproved.
In the poll, Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, who’s planning to run for governor in 2014, beat Scott 47-35 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup, even though only 14 percent of the voters said they knew enough about her to express a favorable or unfavorable opinion of her.
Scott’s approval dropped as low as 26 percent in a PPP poll in December. It climbed back to 34 percent in subsequent PPP polls, and higher levels in other polls.
The May 31-June 3 PPP poll, using automated dialing or “robopoll” methodology, included 642 Florida voters for an error margin of 3.9 percent. PPP is a North Carolina-based, Democratic oriented polling and consulting firm, but says its published polls are neutral and are not paid for by any candidate or party. Full results here.