The Fox News Poll of Florida voters released tonight not only shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 49-44 percent, and Connie Mack IV trailing Bill Nelson 35-49 percent but it has Gov. Rick Scott with more voters unhappy with his job performance than satisfied with it.
Voters were asked if they "approve or disapprove of the job Rick Scott is doing as governor" and 39 percent said they approve, while 49 percent disapprove. Those numbers are mirrored among Florida's crucial independent voters and those with no college degrees. Floridians with college degrees think he's not measuring up by a margin of 51 percent to 31 percent while independent voters disapprove of him 48-39 percent.
The gap is especially wide among women voters, who disapprove of the governor by a 55 percent to 34 percent margin.
The governor has recently embarked on a new campaign to make education a top priority, a partial reaction to the fact that his signature jobs creation effort has been stalled by the stagnant economy. Voters with school age children also see the governor as performing poorly. Those under age 35 give Scott an approval rating of only 27 percent, compared with 58 percent who disapprove and those between the ages of 35 and 54 disapprove of the governor 52 percent to 40 percent.
The poll of 829 Florida likely voters was conducted Sept. 16-18, 2012 of 829 and including additional an oversample of 77 randomly selected Hispanics. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percent.