Poll Watchers: Florida governor ratings, gas prices, Huckabee continues to lead, government shutdown

• Florida Gov. Rick Scott moved from plurality approval to disapproval since February in Quinnipiac polling. Florida voters think his proposed budget cuts go too far.

• Over three quarters (77 percent) say gas prices are an important personal issue, up from 56 percent this fall an AP poll finds. On average, people think a fair price for a gallon of gas would be $2.36.

• In the GOP field, Mike Huckabee continues to lead the pack according to name recognition and Gallup’s Positive Intensity Score.

• Whom to blame or whom to hold responsible? Mark Bluementhal demonstrates how different wording may affect opinions on the possibility of a government shutdown in polling from the Washington Post, ABC News and Pew.

Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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