Gov. Scott's Constituents Don't Like Him Either

March 29, 2011 1:01 pm ET — Kate Conway

Gov. Rick Scott

We've made the case over and over that Rick Scott (R-FL) is a terrible governor. Today, Public Policy Polling (PPP) brings us evidence that Scott's constituents agree: he's currently the least popular governor in office of all states PPP has surveyed, with only 32 percent of respondents approving of his job performance.

You could say Rick Scott's honeymoon is over...but that would suggest he had one in the first place. A December PPP poll shortly before Scott took office found that only 33% of Florida voters had a favorable opinion of their new Governor to 43% who viewed him negatively. After a few months in office those numbers have only gotten worse- Scott's approval rating is just 32% while 55% of voters in the state are unhappy with his work so far.

This is true despite the fact that the respondents to the PPP poll are just the demographics you'd expect to support a conservative governor with a Tea Party agenda. Only 28 percent support gay marriage (as opposed to 53 percent of the country at large). 43 percent describe themselves as somewhat or very conservative, and only 23 percent say they're liberal. Pluralities voted for John McCain in 2008 and approve of Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio's job performance. 70 percent  are white and about two-thirds are over the age of 45.

Maybe Scott's rampant unpopularity is because of his arch-conservative cuts to education and social services, or his refusal to make smart infrastructure investments. Maybe it's his awkward interactions with the state's black lawmakers or his revival of a law stripping ex-felons of voting rights. Perhaps it has more to do with his shady past as a health care executive of a company that defrauded the federal government coupled with the possibility of new ethical conflicts.

Whatever the reason, the very narrow margin of Floridians that ushered Scott into the governor's mansion has turned on him; if the election were held again, PPP's polls suggest Scott would lose by nearly 20 points.

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