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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Florida governor Rick Scott’s (R) own polling finds him trailing likely Democratic opponent Charlie Crist in his 2014 re-election campaign, according to a Politico report.

The internal poll, which was conducted by Scott pollster Tony Fabrizio from November 24-26 and obtained by Politico on Tuesday, finds Crist leading Scott by a 49 to 45 percent margin.

Crist is Scott’s predecessor as Florida governor, and was a member of the Republican Party until 2010, when he ran for U.S. Senate as an Independent after losing the Republican primary to then-state senator winner Marco Rubio. He announced his intention to run for governor as a Democrat in November.

That Scott’s internal poll finds him trailing Crist is not particularly surprising; every public poll of the race to date has found Crist ahead. The most recent, from Quinnipiac University in mid-November, showed Crist up 7 percent.

Scott’s poll finds the governor’s job approval at 46 percent, with 48 percent disapproving; this is a major improvement from earlier in his term, when his approval dipped as low as 33 percent in a March Public Policy Polling survey. Crist’s image is slightly more positive; 47 percent view the former governor favorably, while 43 percent view him unfavorably.

Politico further reports that Fabrizio also polled the two candidates on 10 key issues:

The incumbent governor has the advantage on six: controlling state spending (+14), reducing taxes (+12), balancing the state budget (+9), turning Florida’s economy around (+5), standing up to Tallahassee insiders (+3) and creating jobs (+2).

Crist has a single-digit advantage on four measures: cares about people like me (+8), is the most honest and ethical (+4), “someone I trust to be governor” (+3) and “shares my beliefs and values” (+2).

It’s unclear whether Scott’s apparent backtrack on his past support for expanding Medicaid will impact his advantage on economic issues. On one hand, Fabrizio’s polling finds that Floridians view the Affordable Care Act negatively by a 55 to 38 percent margin. On the other, if Florida does not expand Medicaid, it could cost the Sunshine State more than $5 billion over the next decade. Crist, who supports Medicaid expansion, has already begun attacking Scott for failing to lead on the issue.

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  • docb

    Terrific…More of this…The Cheat gov should go down!

    • Independent1
      • docb

        Thanks for the links…I had not read them and had never heard of Motley..

        McClatchy has some interesting stuff;

        • Independent1

          Thanks for the McClatchy link with the other side of the coin: the unfortunate Americans who have purchased almost worthless policies that leave many people on the verge of bankruptcy because they have limited coverage and leave people sometimes with hundreds of thousands in unpaid hospital and doctor bills. And what’s especially sad is, that it’s the cancellation of many of these worthless policies that the media has been exploiting to make ACA look bad – when they should have been highlighting and exposing the fraudulent insurance companies over the scams that they’ve been perpetrating on Americans.

          • docb

            Another example of the exploitation by insurance cos…


            They were celebrating.

          • Independent1

            Thanks for the link. I’ts unconscionable that humans would act like those in the health insurance industry, here’s just an excerpt from that link you provided so even the casual poster on the NM can see just how corrupt insurance companies can get:

            An investigation by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations showed that health insurers WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group and Assurant Inc. canceled the coverage of more than 20,000 people, allowing the companies to avoid paying more than $300 million in medical claims over a five-year period.

            It also found that policyholders with breast cancer, lymphoma and more than 1,000 other conditions were targeted for rescission and that employees were praised in performance reviews for terminating the policies of customers with expensive illnesses.

            “No one can defend, and I certainly cannot defend, the practice of canceling coverage after the fact,” said Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Tex.), a member of the committee. “There is no acceptable minimum to denying coverage after the fact.”

            The executives — Richard A. Collins, chief executive of UnitedHealth’s Golden Rule Insurance Co.; Don Hamm, chief executive of Assurant Health and Brian Sassi, president of consumer business for WellPoint Inc., parent of Blue Cross of California — were courteous and matter-of-fact in their testimony.

            But they would not commit to limiting rescissions to only policyholders who intentionally lie or commit fraud to obtain coverage, a refusal that met with dismay from legislators on both sides of the political aisle.

        • TheUsualSuspects

          Before McClatchy bought them it was Knight-ridder (spelling may be wrong). It was a small bureau by DC standards but the only one that questioned the wisdom of going into Iraq. Yes, the only one in town that did that. I like McClatchy. They do a good job especially compared to the bigger outfits in DC like Wapo. JMO, of course.

  • karen_green

    I just cannot fathom how this thieving, lying excuse for a governor has 44% who would vote for him today.

  • Budjob

    44% for an individual that by rights SHOULD BE IN PRISON!! What in the Hell is wrong with the people of Florida??!!! Rick Scott is a liar and a con artist.