Skip to comments.Despite Biased Media Onslaught, Florida Voters Approve of Voter ID, Stand Your Ground,
Posted on 07/16/2012 7:01:54 PM PDT by Kaslin
This year, as always, Florida is a crucial swing state. Because of that, the liberal media is doing all it can to gin up Democratic base voters, attempting to energize them for the November election by bashing Florida's conservative Republican governor Rick Scott and his attempt to clean up voter rolls of noncitizens, who by definition are not allowed to cast votes. The liberal media, particularly hyper-partisan MSNBC, has also attacked efforts in other states to require voter ID. Florida has had a photo ID law since 2002.
The tragic February shooting death of Trayvon Martin also led the Left to work up attacks on the Sunshine State's Stand Your Ground laws. But new polling shows that the media's attacks are just not working. Sure, Gov. Scott himself is personally unpopular, but the policies he's pursuing are, reports Steve Bousquet of the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times (emphasis mine):
TALLAHASSEE -- After 18 months as governor, Rick Scott remains personally unpopular with a majority of Floridians, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll.
But despite voters’ displeasure with Scott, they strongly support his efforts to rid Florida’s voter rolls of noncitizens in this presidential election year.
The latest survey by the nonpartisan Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Jacksonville shows that 51 percent of voters disapprove of Scott’s job performance and 40 percent approve, with 9 percent not sure.
The statewide telephone survey of 800 registered voters, all likely to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, was conducted July 9-11 for the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.
Scott’s popularity remains low even though his policies have broad support, and despite a run of TV ads paid for by the Republican Party promoting his agenda.
Despite misgivings about Scott, a majority of Florida voters agree with him on the need to remove noncitizens from lists of voters.
By a margin of 54 percent to 35 percent, with 11 percent undecided, voters said they support the purge efforts.
Republicans overwhelmingly support the purge, 80 percent to 13 percent, while a majority of Democrats oppose it.
The purge of suspected noncitizen voters was halted last month, but it will soon resume. The state announced Saturday that it has gained access to a federal citizenship database that it says will allow for more accurate screening of the citizenship status of voters.
By a larger margin of 82 percent to 15 percent, voters agreed that people should be required to show a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Florida’s photo ID requirement has been in law since 2002.
A separate question in the same poll shows Floridians oppose making changes to the Stand Your Ground law, which George Zimmerman is using as a defense against a second-degree murder charge in the Trayvon Martin shooting:
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law continues to enjoy widespread support among likely voters, even as a state task force considers rewriting the law, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll.
Nearly 65 percent say the 2005 law — which allows people who believe they are in grave danger to use deadly force to defend themselves — does not need to be changed. There’s less consensus when it comes to voters’ thoughts on the Trayvon Martin shooting, which thrust “Stand Your Ground” into the national spotlight this year.
Hmmm... most Floridians like Scott’s policies, and most like “Stand Your Ground”, but most of them also disapprove of Scott personally.
Could that be because he caved in and “played the race card” in the Zimmerman case when he appointed Angela “Nifong” Corey, an obvious incompetent and biased prosecutor, to the case?
While I agree that Romney is right to focus on the economy, his campaign should also use these other issues that shows just how far left Obama is.
The vast majority of Americans favor Voter ID laws. The vast majority favor the Arizona immigration law that Roberts and Kennedy recently gutted. The vast majority favor the welfare reform that Obama is now trying to gut.
On all of these issues Obama is far to the left of the American people. They should be and need to be a part of the campaign.
.....WOULD have been tragic, if Martin had succeeded in, as he stated, murdering George Zimmerman with Zimmerman's own (legally-carried) pistol.
Instead, Martin got what he had coming, for attempted murder. He got a quick and early exit from the world, an exit that he called down on himself.
It just needs to find jurists and prosecutors who will apply it to situations like the Zimmerman case.
people are not sufficiently brainwash to dem point of view that this is racist
Well, his ratings were low then, too - if anything, they’ve gone up because of popular policies like the voter “purge” and his opposition to the ObamaCare ruling, all post-Zimmerman.
I don’t know what it is that makes people dislike him personally (I actually am very fond of him, but nobody’s perfect, not even Reagan himself). I have a feeling he may have gone a little too far on the education cuts in the first half of his term which may have hurt him. Also, I believe history will (and already is) vindicating him on the Tampa - Orlando high-speed rail, but that was a controversial move at the time.
And dead people! Purging the rolls of dead people disenfranchises dead Democrats disproportionately!! Dead people vote overwhelmingly Democrat! Republicans are lifeist!
Huh? Are you serious? What does a governor have to do with prosecutorial assignments? Isn't that a county thing? Or is she some kind of special prosecutor or something?
Photo ID laws are a winner for conservatives. It is simple, logical and positive. This is an issue we should push in every state as vote fraud is broader than admitted, particularly in urban areas.
The reason governor Scott is mildly unpopular is because he was formerly a successful businessman. The media hate the self-sufficient and have reminded the people of Florida of this since day 1. He gets more popular by the day.
Several days ago I posted here on FR a Fox News Channel spot that reported that the execrable prosecutor had released poisoned info that Zimmerman was a child molester and a known life-long racist. The mods deleted it, for some reason.
Maybe because it had already been posted 35 times.
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