Poll shows Gov. Rick Scott's popularity improving slightly

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with a protester who came into Nicola's donut shop where Scott was working in Carrollwood, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, during his first of many planned 'workdays,' in which he will spend time doing jobs with regular Floridians. Scott’s morning also included a handful of protestors who entered the doughnut shop and took issue with his politics. Scott's office said the governor plans to perform the workdays on a monthly basis. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, Jay Nolan)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks with a protester who came into Nicola's donut shop where Scott was working in Carrollwood, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, during his first of many planned "workdays," in which he will spend time doing jobs with regular Floridians. Scott’s morning also included a handful of protestors who entered the doughnut shop and took issue with his politics. Scott's office said the governor plans to perform the workdays on a monthly basis. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, Jay Nolan)

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott still isn't the most popular politician in Florida these days but his numbers are looking up a bit.

A new Quinnipiac (Conn.) University poll released Friday shows Scott's approval rating improved 6 percentage points since May. He now has a job approval rating of 35 percent. Republicans back Scott by a 61 percent to 23 percent margin while 78 percent of Democrats and half of all independents don't like the way the new governor is handling his job.

Strangely, only 24 percent accurately said the state's new budget signed by Scott does not contain new taxes.

Quinnipiac randomly interviewed 1,417 registered Florida voters by telephone between July 27 and Aug. 2. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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