Amid a flurry of disappointing Florida polls for Donald Trump, a new survey shows the presumptive Republican nominee in a strong position. The survey, however, is prompting skepticism given its source: Gov. Rick Scott.
- Rick Scott's poll shows Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Florida
- Majority of recent Florida polls have found Clinton leading Trump
The governor, through his 'Let's Get to Work' political committee, released the poll this week. It was conducted from June 26-28 and shows Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Florida, 47-45.
A majority of recent Florida polls, including the Bay News 9/News 13 exclusive statewide poll, have found Clinton leading Trump.
The disparity in the results has prompted some political strategists to dismiss the Scott poll as an outlier unrealistically weighted to favor heavy Republican turnout, though the poll's methodology notes it was "stratified to reflect historic voter trends."
The numbers, though, could turn heads inside Trump's campaign, which has been slow to deploy resources in Florida. The state has largely taken a back seat to Trump's strategy of targeting Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states with large populations of economically disaffected middle-class voters. An indication that the real estate mogul is gaining ground in Florida has the power to prompt a reassessment.
"There's no question that this poll is, if it's not a push poll, it's a demographically-skewed poll to try to show Donald Trump winning when every other poll, everyone you ask, walk around any town, you know that Hillary Clinton is by far leading (in) Florida," said Democratic strategist Kevin Cate.
As for what Scott might have to gain from the poll, Cate believes the answer is obvious.
"Rick Scott wants to be in the conversation because he's a sitting governor of a swing state and Donald Trump is not paying him any attention for vice president, which shows you how toxic Rick Scott's numbers have to be," Cate suggested.
While many surveys have shown the governor grappling with deep unpopularity, Scott's poll shows he's doing significantly better, with a 51 percent approval rating.