Poll: FL. Gov. Rick Scott Would Lose Do-Over Election — By 20 Points

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March 29, 2011 7:36 a.m.

Another day, another poll showing a recently elected Republican governor losing a do-over election — and this one isn’t even close.

A PPP poll of registered voters released today shows that in a hypothetical re-do of last year’s gubernatorial election, Florida Gov. Rock Scott (R) would lose to Democrat Alex Sink by a nearly 20-point margin, 56%-37%. Scott won a squeaker of an election last year, edging out Sink by about one point.But since taking office, Scott has pursued a number of controversial proposals, such as one that permits the state to randomly drug test many public employees. And last week, Scott signed a bill that effectively eliminates tenure for new teachers and ties future pay levels to performance.

As a result, the poll found that just 32% of voters aprove of Scott’s job performance, compared to 55% who disapprove.

Scott is the latest Republican governor whom voters are expressing incredible buyers remorse for electing last November. Polls have also shown Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder losing do-over elections against the candidates they defeated last year, the result of broad change each has sought to make to their state’s political landscape.

The PPP poll was conducted March 24-27 among 500 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 4.4%.

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