GOP Intentionally Sabotaging Economy to Boot Obama? Only 39 Percent of Floridians Say No

Old news: Floridians think Gov. Rick Scott sucks. New news: Nearly half of Florida thinks Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy to prevent the reelection of President Obama.

It's not just those damned liberals either -- 24 percent of Republicans agree, according to the latest poll of Florida voters released last night by Suffolk University.

Here's a quick rundown of what Florida voters say: The recession isn't over, stop giving money to foreign countries, impose a flat tax, replace Rick Scott with Alex Sink, and Rick Scott sucks.

Of the 800 Florida voters polled, just 4 percent say the recession is over.

"When the margin of error is only 3.5 percent, you can't get much lower than 4 percent," says David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University. "Voters continue to feel the pinch in Florida, and that results in some strong opinions on how the country and the state spend revenue."

That's probably part of the reason 74 percent of the respondents said stop giving monetary assistance to other countries.

"Charity begins at home," Paleologos says. "Voters are saying they don't want money going overseas until the United States takes care of itself first."

That comes to the point that 49 percent of people say "Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected."

Thirty-nine percent say it isn't true, although 70 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents, and 24 percent of Republicans say it certainly is.

The flat tax is a popular idea with Floridians, with 50 percent voting "aye" and 27 percent voting "nay."

Not surprisingly, 37 percent of those surveyed said Gov. Scott's performance is "negative and damaging," compared to 26 percent who said it's "positive and productive." The rest couldn't tell the difference.

Alex Sink still leads the voter's remorse race, leading Scott 37-36 in a hypothetical gubernatorial race.

Long story short, Floridians say everyone's doing it wrong.

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