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RickScott Since winning election one of the challenges for Florida's 45th governor continues to be the fact that very few Floridian really know much about Rick Scott.

That seems to be reflected in a Quinnipiac Poll released today which finds that 43 percent of Florida voters "don't know" if they approve or disapprove of Scott's job performance. And 45 percent say they don't know enough about him.

That 45 percent is a big number for a guy who just won a statewide election but in this case not a surprising one. Scott did not come on the political scene until April and most voters - and even political experts - did not have a  clue who this guy was.

And he also came on the scene carrying the heavy baggage of his now well-reported foibles with Columbia/HCA which led to his dismissal and a record setting fine for the corporation due to Medicare fraud.

So when Scott was sworn in last month, there was a large "wait and see" attitude that is clearly reflected in this poll.

At this point 28 percent say they have a "favorable" opinion of Scott, 24 percent "unfavorable" and 45 percent say they don't know enough about Scott to have an opinion.

The good news for Scott is that most of the 1,160 voters surveyed seem to be willing to give him a chance to succeed - 56 percent said they are optimistic about the next four years under Scott's leadership.

At the same time, 53 percent said they are not satisfied with the way things are going in Florida today suggesting a source for their optimism about Scott who has been promising to run government like a business and increase the job market.

64 percent say Florida budget problems are very serious, 52 percent favor cutting services to balance the state budget and 42 percent think it is a good idea to lay off five percent of state workers.

64 percent want government workers to contribute to their retirement plans, 56 percent would increase gambling to help close the budget gap, and 58 percent believe Scott will raise taxes and fees despite his pledge not to that.

The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percent and was conducted from Jan. 25-31

 

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