Scott rebounds (a bit), but Crist still up double digits in Florida

The good news for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R): He's more popular than he has ever been.

The bad news: He's still not very popular.

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Gov. Rick Scott (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Scott's approval rating rising to 43 percent -- the highest mark of his tenure -- versus 44 percent who disapprove. He has also narrowed the gap on former governor Charlie Crist (D) from Quinnipiac's last Florida poll in March, when he trailed by 16 points.

But the latest poll shows Scott continues to trail by a big margin: 47 percent to 37 percent. And it also shows that just 35 percent of people say he deserves reelection, compared to 50 percent who say he doesn't.

In other words, a significant chunk of the 43 percent of people who now "approve" of Scott's job performance aren't prepared to vote for him.

Florida is currently rated by The Fix as the governor's seat that it mostly likely to switch parties over the next two years.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · June 18, 2013