Poll: Fla. voters back Rick Scott’s purge

Voters in the Florida Republican presidential primary are shown at a polling place in Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida. | Reuters

The Quinnipiac University poll found 60 percent of voters in support of the initiative. | Reuters

By TIM MAK | 6/20/12 7:59 AM EDT

A strong majority of Florida voters said that they support Gov. Rick Scott’s effort to purge non-citizens from the state’s voter registration rolls, according to a new survey Wednesday.

Sixty percent of Sunshine State voters said they supported the initiative, compared with 35 percent who opposed it, reports a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

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There’s a substantial racial gap on the issue of the voter purge: White voters support it 67 percent to 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 percent to 38 percent. Hispanic voters support the purge, 49 percent to 42 percent.

In addition, Florida respondents said that they supported the controversial Stand Your Ground law that has featured prominently in the February shooting death of teenager Travyon Martin – 56 percent support it and 37 percent oppose it.

But even as Scott is behind some popular policies, the Florida governor remains relatively unpopular in his state. Nearly half – 49 percent – disapprove of his job performance, while 39 percent approve.

Scott’s unpopularity is higher than it was last month, when 46 percent disapproved of his job performance and 41 percent approved.

But the governor performs slightly better on personal likeability. Voters are split, 37 percent like him personally, compared with 35 percent who don’t.

“Florida voters don’t approve of the job Gov. Scott is doing. They don’t like his policies, and they are mixed on whether they like him as a person,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a possible vice presidential candidate for Mitt Romney, enjoys a much higher approval rating than Scott: 51 percent approve of his job performance, compared with only 31 percent who disapprove.

Quinnipiac University conducted a survey June 12 to 18, with a sample of 1,697 voters and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.



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