Public Policy Polling released a new survey showing that Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s favorability numbers remain in the low 30s, though fewer view him unfavorably. The polling service says the numbers show “there is little doubt that he’s the most unpopular newly elected Governor in the country.”
Scott’s favorable numbers remain virtually unchanged since before the election — 34 percent then to 33 percent now. However, those viewing him unfavorably have dropped from 54 to 43 percent, signaling that some Floridians are willing to wait and see.
For comparison, his numbers are similar to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, and his favorable ratings are in league with New York Gov. David Paterson, who decided not to run in 2010 because of his handling of a domestic violence case among one of his aides.
Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has the highest favorable rating among independents measured this year, with 70 percent approving and 26 percent disapproving. It’s not clear that he could ever win a primary again — 50 percent of GOP voters would never vote for him, while 35 percent of Democrats say they wouldn’t.
Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.