Floridians are feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse about Gov. Rick Scott
According to the Miami Herald, on March 20, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed that Former Gov. Charlie Crist would beat current Gov. Rock Scott in a landslide for the 2014 governor's race. Crist, a former Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, would win 50 percent of the vote for the 2014 race, while Scott would receive 34 percent of the vote.
The poll numbers only got worse for Scott.
In the same poll, only 32 percent of voters say he deserves a second term. Scott fared even worse with independent voters, where he would receive only 28 percent of the vote. Scott's job performance did not look any good either. 49 percent (including 25 percent of Republican voters) disapprove of his job performance.
According to the Herald, the only good news for Scott in the Quinnipiac poll is that if matched up in a Republican primary, he would win soundly over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam by a margin of 47 percent to 24 percent. Quinnipiac poll assistant director Peter A. Brown released a statement to the media explaining Scott's sagging poll numbers. He wrote:
His large lead over Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam in a hypothetical Republican primary gives him some solace that he does not have to worry about an intraparty challenge. Scott's support among Republicans appears pretty solid, although he has a lot of fences to mend with independent voters and he has virtually no crossover appeal to Democrats.
Brown later added:
These numbers indicate Republicans will have a tough job turning around Crist's lead over Scott by reminding voters of Crist's evolution.