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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Poll: Scott “in big trouble”

A new subscriber-only poll done by the Kitchens Group for paying subscribers shows Gov. Rick Scott “in big trouble,” according to pollster Jim Kitchens.
 
In the poll, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and former Gov. Charlie Crist both beat Scott by 64-35 percent, while Alex Sink of Tampa won 59-41 percent and even former state Sen. Nan Rich, the least known of the four Democrats, led by double-digits, 55-45 percent.
 
Scott also had higher unfavorable ratings in the poll than in other recent polls, several of which have showed him edging upward in voter opinions since last spring's legislative session.
 
The pollster was Jim Kitchens of the Orlando polling firm The Kitchens Group, which usually works for Democratic candidates. Kitchens also sells polling data and services to paying subscribers, and says the polls are done using neutral, accurate methodology.
 
“Everybody says Scott's in trouble, and I just wanted to see how much trouble he's in,” Kitchens said of the poll, done July 5-10 with a sample size of 663 respondents for a 3.8-point error margin.
 
“He got a blip up when the session ended, but now I think he drops back to where he was,” Kitchens said.
 
“His image took a hit in the scandal over the lieutenant governor,” when Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned in March after revelations of her ties to a purported veterans charity accused of racketeering and illegal gambling operations. “He's not really doing anything to recover.”
 
The Kitchens group does Internet polling, conducting its surveys among a group of 1.6 million potential respondents recruited via the internet who volunteer to respond to polling questions.