Rick Scott Has 51 Percent Disapproval Rating, According to GOP Pollsters

Viewpoint Florida -- a polling firm headed by GOP operatives Randy Nielsen and Pat Bainter -- found that Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating is on the rise, according to the firm's newest poll.

Out of the 1,235 likely Florida voters surveyed, 45 percent approved of the governor's job performance, whereas 51 percent disapproved.

More specifically, 28 percent responded "strongly approve," 18 percent said "somewhat approve," 12 percent said "somewhat disapprove," and 39 percent said they "strongly disapprove."

Four percent responded that they were "unsure."

It's a pretty large change from last month's results from Quinnipiac University, which found Scott had a 57 percent disapproval rating, compared to a 29 percent approval.

How much the new Viewpoint Florida poll can be trusted, however, is unknown.

Credibility of political polling is based on methodology, which is conspicuously absent from the Viewpoint Florida poll.

The sample size and the region are the only things mentioned by the firm -- 1,235 likely Florida voters.

Missing from an explanation of polling methods are how the respondents were chosen, if the results were based on the total number of those surveyed, how the polling was performed, the party affiliations of respondents, or the age of respondents, among other things.

Last month's Quinnipiac University poll included all of that information. In the last election cycle, Nate Silver -- who runs the New York Times' "FiveThirtyEight" -- found that Quinnipiac poll results were the most accurate out of major pollsters in Senate and gubernatorial polls, with a slight Republican bias.

Since nobody knows the methodology of the Viewpoint Florida poll aside from the pollsters, we can't gauge how accurately the results may actually represent public opinion.

On the other hand, if they did run a squeaky-clean poll, the governor's approval rating made a pretty nice bounce-back since May.

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