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Scott gets better marks in Chamber poll

Posted Mar 30, 2012 by William March

Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM

A poll done for the Florida Chamber of Commerce by a GOP-oriented public relations firm gives positive job approval ratings to Gov. Rick Scott.

In the poll, done for the Chamber by Cherry Communications of Tallahassee, 46 percent of respondents said they either somewhat or strongly approve of the job Scott is doing as governor, and 43 percent disapproved.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week, by comparison, Scott got 52 percent disapproval and 36 percent approval.

The two polls got identical results on job approval for President Barack Obama, however—49-47 percent in his favor.

On Florida general election prospects for Obama and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, they differed again.

The Chamber poll showed Obama losing 42-46 percent against “the Republican candidate” with no specific candidate named, and Nelson losing 42-41 percent against an unnamed Senate candidate.

Quinnipiac showed Obama and Nelson with signficant leads against Mitt Romney and Connie Mack, respectively.

Asked about the differences in the two polls, Chamber political strategist Marian Johnson said Quinnipiac’s respondents were chosen from among all registered voters while the Chamber’s poll contacted only likely voters, who have voted in four straight general elections. “It makes a huge difference,” she said.