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Poll: Scott “in big trouble”

Posted Jul 16, 2013 by William March

Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 05:34 PM

A new subscriber-only poll done by the Kitchens Group for paying subscribers shows Gov. Rick Scott “in big trouble,” according to pollster Jim Kitchens.

In the poll, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and former Gov. Charlie Crist both beat Scott by 64-35 percent, while Alex Sink of Tampa won 59-41 percent and even former state Sen. Nan Rich, the least known of the four Democrats, led by double-digits, 55-45 percent.

Scott also had high unfavorable ratings in the poll, 57 percent with unfavorable opinions of Scott to 41 percent with favorable opinions and 4 percent unsure.

The favorable total is better than 2011 and 2012 polls, which often put Scott’s favorable ratings in the mid-30’s. But pollster Jim Kitchens noted, the unfavorables included 44 percent who said their opinion was “very unfavorable,” meaning they’re unlikely ever to vote for him.

The pollster was Jim Kitchens of the Orlando polling firm The Kitchens Group, which usually works for Democratic candidates. Kitchens also sells polling data and services to paying subscribers, and says the polls are done using neutral, accurate methodology.

“Everybody says Scott’s in trouble, and I just wanted to see how much trouble he’s in,” Kitchens said of the poll, done July 5-10 with a sample size of 663 respondents for a 3.8-point error margin.

Some recent polls have shown Scott edging upward in voter opinions since last spring’s legislative session.

“He got a blip up when the session ended, but now I think he drops back to where he was,” Kitchens said.

“His image took a hit in the scandal over the lieutenant governor,” when Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned in March after revelations of her ties to a purported veterans charity accused of racketeering and illegal gambling operations. “He’s not really doing anything to recover.”

The Kitchens group does Internet polling, conducting its surveys among a group of 1.6 million potential respondents recruited via the internet who volunteer to respond to polling questions.