Governor Rick Scott filed his papers to run for Governor three years ago this week.
“I'm dully qualified to hold office," said Rick Scott.
Immediately after being elected, the new governor's approval rating dropped like a rock. The numbers have stayed low. Quinnipiac University’s poll now shows Scott with a 43 favorable and 44% saying his performance isn't good. Still, that's an improvement.
“His job approval is the best that Quinnipiac has recorded since he has been in office. Same goes for his favorable-unfavorable ratio," said Peter Brown.
Unfortunately for Scott, 50% of voters say he doesn’t deserve a second term. In a potential match up with either former Governor Charlie Crist, or U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Scott loses by ten points but that's if the election was held today, not 17 months from now, the poll also surveyed all registered voters not those likely to vote in an off year election.
Poll respondents give Scott more credit than the president for an improving economy.
“Incumbents benefit when people think that economy is good and things are good," said Brown.
The poll shows that potential challenger Charlie Crist’s weak spot could be his party switching. In March, 50% said it was a good thing. The June poll is 47 favorable with 44% saying he lacks core values.
In the much-predicted match-up between Scott and Crist, the governor carries Republicans 75% to 13%, but loses Democrats 83% to 8% and independent voters 45% to 33%. Men are tied 43-43%, while women back Crist 51-to-32%.