Rick Scott’s Approval Rating Lowest Among Nation’s Governors

Rick Scott has the lowest approval rating of any governor out of six states polled by Quinnipiac.

By Ralph De La Cruz
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The latest Quinnipiac University poll has confirmed it: Florida’s Rick Scott is the most despised governor in the country.

Congratulations, Guv. Quite an honor.

Turns out that Esther, his mom, was indeed right. Gov. Scott is quite the overachiever. All it took was cutting about 9,000 state jobs. The decimation of Florida’s public education system. The gutting of hospitals, higher education and environmental protections. And single-handedly shutting down a decade-long effort to create a high-speed rail system from Orlando to Tampa, which would have created 24,000 jobs.

All in less than six months. So much accomplished in such a short time.

And he still found the time to infuriate fellow Republican lawmakers by vetoing most of their projects.

But at least Scott remains the darling of the slash-and-burn wing of the Republican Party — and the tea party. After all, he announced his proposed budget at a tea party rally and signed the budget in a tea party-heavy  community in Central Florida.

And those are probably the 29 percent who believe he’s doing a good job. The 29 percent also happen to be the same number who believe the budget is fair to them. More than half — 54 percent — believe the budget is unfair to people like them.

The numbers are even lower when people are asked whether the budget he signed Thursday will create jobs. Only 26 percent believe it will. Scott ran on the promise he would create jobs for Floridians. But after the thousands of job cuts, his “Let’s Get To Work” campaign slogan has turned into a taunt.

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17 Responses to “Rick Scott’s Approval Rating Lowest Among Nation’s Governors”

  1. Marilyn Brown says:

    Funny story…I got a robo-call from Scott today. He was all proud of his new budget, and thought he did a great thing ‘streamlining state government’. Meaning he laid off state workers. My husband is a Corrections Officer. Har Har. The caller id doesn’t even show that it is from the governor. It says name unavailable. What a low-rent operation.

  2. Let's Get to Work Ruining People's Lives says:

    This guy would make Richard Nixon blush.

  3. rob davies says:

    There’s a reason rick scott cut education:

    The GOP has a long history of underfunding and/or neglecting education. And it’s for a reason: the less educated the voter, the more likely he or she is to vote Republican. That’s why so many middle or lower-middle class whites vote against their own economic interests. They fall for the flag-waving, bible-thumping hyperbole of the groups funded by the tycoons who will forever abuse them. It’s a fact as old as our republic.

    never trust a republican©)

  4. eddie says:

    THE MAIN REASON I VOTED FOR RICK SCOTT. WAS HIS PROMISE TO IMPLEMENT ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW. SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE. HE HAS NEVER MADE MENTION OF IT. IF RICK SCOTT DOES NOT SIGN THE IMMIGRATION LAW FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. MILLIONS OF US WHO VOTED FOR HIM BASED ON THAT REASON ALONE. HE WILL BE A ONE TERM GOVERNOR. ANOTHER POLITICAIN WITH EMPTY WORDS. THEY TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND DO NOTHING WHAT THEY PROMISED. I REGRET MY VOTE AND THE CAMPAIGN I ENDORSED IN BROWARD COUNTY. GETTING THOUSANDS TO VOTE FOR HIM. MY BROTHER IN LAW WORKS FOR EYE WITNESS NEWS. WHEN HE TRIES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION. THE IMMIGRATION LAW HE PROMISED FOR FLORIDA. WILL BE THE FORE FRONT TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM. MAKE SURE HE IS NOT ELECTED. HE HAS DISAPPOINTED MILLIONS OF FLORIDIANS WHO WANT THE IMMIGRATION LAW. REASON HE WON. HEED THIS COMMENT RICK SCOTT. SIGN THE IMMIGRATION LAW OR LOOSE THE NEXT ELECTION. SIMPLE AS THAT

  5. Scott Donham says:

    Dick Scott is not a Floridian. As for that, why can’t there be a Florida Constitutional requirement that the Governor of the State of Florida be born in Florida; a FULL Florida native. We require the President of the U.S. to be born in the U.S.! Dick Scott is here solely for his own interests, and of course the interests of his “wife’s company” that he “has no interest in.” Yeah right! He will run Florida into the ground over the remaining 3 1/2 years he has as governor and will leave without one bit of remorse, well, except the fact that he couldn’t bring the State down further. You can’t run government like a business, it doesn’t work, as has been proven in other states and in the federal government in the past. The government provides services based on the needs of the people. Sometimes these services DO NOT raise any revenue, sometimes they raise just enough to pay for the service. Dick Scott needs to be recalled, ousted, impeached, gotten rid of . . . all of the above. He needs to go back to Illinois! He’s a crook that has previously gotten away with fraud against the Federal Government. Even though he was never indicted, he was the head of a company that had the HIGHEST FINE ever imposed for fraud by the Federal Government. But hey, now he’s our Governor! Something to be proud of! All the Snowbirds that voted him in to office and then left to go back to their real homes (UP NORTH!) are going to be shocked when they come back and expect the same level of services from the State they had before they left but all they get with a phone call is, “we’re sorry, the number you have dialed has been disconnected . . . ” with no further information. Have a great Floriday!

  6. Erran Y. says:

    When you try to ONLY make rich people happy, your support dwindles fast. Scott is governing to favor the rich… He just forgets that they are less than 2% of the population.

    I’m leaving Florida for a state with jobs. 6 months of Rick Scott is too much.

  7. Frank Marion says:

    Funny thing. We send a man to do a job,then kick him for doing it.
    Rick Scott has done more for the state than the sellout crist did in his entire time in office. under crist,the price of renewing everything at the d m v doubled,taxes went up,and teachers unions tails were kissed,at our expence.
    The fact is,that under Scott,FLORIDA created OVER FIFTY PERCENT OF JOBS CREATED IN THE COUNTRY! thats even more than in texas,for the first time in years.
    So,the best thing I can think of to say to the entitlement mentality,the parasites on the tail of humanity,is get over it. The country is going broke.Thanks.

  8. Response to Frank Marion and Eddie says:

    You two are clearly a product of ignorance and lack of education. Yay Republican agenda. I see that cutting public education is working out well for you.

    Eddie, you want the Arizona immigration law applied in Florida…a state full of Cuban immigrants who have only to set foot on land to receive asylum and resident status in the United States. On top of that you have Haitians, all manner of Latin Americans, French, English, etc. and you think AZ immigration law is a great idea. You are a fool to even suggest that Florida follow Arizona’s lead. The AZ law was created to pad the pockets of those that run private prisons in the state. It gives these private entities the ability to fill up their jails and collect money from the government for each inmate they house. It’s nice that you thought the AZ law through Eddie. Please try not to hurt yourself when you use that last brain cell.

    As for you Frank Marion, your claim that Rick Scott “created over 50% of jobs in the country” is not only FALSE…but absurdly stupid. Where did you pull your “facts” from? Provide a reliable source for that number instead of just spewing human waste. Rick Scott cut 9000 government jobs, cut funding to public education, and cut medical programs for seniors. At the same time his cuts allow him to profit through his private health clinics around the state. Look up the term, “conflict of interest” and educate yourself before you regurgitate. Frank Marion, you are out of your freaking mind.

    You two have ZERO intelligence, no ability to fact check, research, or think critically. You and those like you are constantly voting against yourselves and then complaining that things suck. Well, things suck because of YOUR VOTE! So thanks for improving this country. Keep up the great work!!

  9. kevin says:

    http://floridawatchaction.com/colbert

    It gets worse. He wants us to sign a letter he has written and send it to the newspapers how well he is doing ?

  10. I voted for the person who was most qualified to do the best job, Alex Sink.
    I am a Florida native. I believe there are people who have moved into Florida who love this state as much as I do however Rick Scott is NOT one of them.

  11. Carolo says:

    You can add Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio onto the list of new Republican Governors that have the ire of many. Lots of buyers remorse out there.

    When you elect radicals you get radicals.

  12. Art says:

    Rick Scott’s biggest issue was the drug testing. Here he is trying to reduce Florida’s spending and he tries to introduce a program that would costs millions and mostly benefit his own wive’s company. Not too smart.

  13. Viper says:

    Rick Scott has created jobs.
    He has cut government spending.

    The Jobs he created are in the health care field and for the companies his family owns.

    The government spending cuts were all workers salaries (JOBS)
    He left it up to the Corrupt Double Dippers to decide who would lose theirs jobs and guess who is still receiving a pension and a paycheck at the same time? The Double Dippers,, AT YOUR EXPENSE!!

    Still like Scott?

    We should throw his ass out in the street just like he did over 9000 state workers.

  14. Steve B says:

    The sad thing I have recently started to notice is that most of the comments on stories like this are made by people who already are well aware of the gravity of this situation. It is the people who are oblivious to technology and follow every word of the RNC leaders, Beck and Slimeball that NEED to see this information. Ultimatley we are all human deep down inside and most of us want the same things in life. To be free, to have a job, to have a home, and to be able to live in a safe area where we can raise our kids. There are other things that apply to each person but overall I think we all really want the same base things. The challenge is that many people don’t have the facts. Not just Tea-baggers (I will call them other when they stop saying Obamacare) but the liberals as well. We get our facts from the latest news trailer and the news makes the facts that support their ajenda. I remember when the news FEARED stating a false claim. And if they did there was an apology on the next airing. Now people who used get the truth from the news are getting crazy garbage but they don’t realize it is just that, crazy garbabe. The saving grace is that our younger generation is online and wired. They are the ones who will hopefully save us from ourselves. The occupy movement has the potential to change the country. We were once a great nation that was the leader of the free world. We are no longer but we are such a chest pounding nation now that we are too dumb to admit we are in a bad place. Sort of like expecting an addict to get clean just because you see he has a problem. We all have to first admit we are not what we were, identify the problem (I think the 1% myself), and then take action to fix it. Our political system is corrupt like never before. But we have the means to change it. Just remember, the tea baggers are a fad, they will come and go, or likley die off in the next 20 years or get run over by a tractor. The occupy folks are a movement, one that will last and most important, the occupy “kids” today are going to be the presidents, vice presidents, and other leaders in the future. Hopefully I will live long enough to see these kids save us from ourselves. Just a grumpy old man complaining about how things are today, sorry if I offend. Not trying to be a jerk. Just wanting to help see things change.

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