Florida

Rick Scott, Andrew Gillum Lead in New Poll

A new poll shows a slight edge for Gov. Rick Scott over U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in one of the most important Senate races in the nation while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is ahead of former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in the gubernatorial race. 

Ipsos, Reuters and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics released a poll of likely voters on Wednesday which shows Scott at 46 percent with Nelson right behind him at 45 percent while 4 percent prefer other candidates and 6 percent are not sure. 

Both candidates have nailed down their respective party bases as Nelson gets 85 percent of Democrats while Scott reels in 90 percent of Republicans. Voters outside the majority go for Nelson with the Democrat taking 50 percent to 22 percent for Scott 

More than a quarter of those surveyed–29 percent–think Scott is a non-traditional politician while 62 percent think he is a traditional one. Nelson is seen as a traditional politician by 76 percent of likely voters while 14 percent think he is a non-traditional one. 

Gillum, who won the Democratic primary last month, takes 50 percent of likely voters while DeSantis pulls 44 percent of them and 2 percent back other candidates. Once again, both candidates are running strong with their party faithful as Gillum takes 93 percent of Democrats and DeSantis has the backing of 88 percent of Republicans. Gillum takes 61 percent of voters outside the major parties while 21 percent of them are for DeSantis. 

A majority of those surveyed–53 percent–think the nation is on the wrong track while 44 percent think it is on the right one. 

President Donald Trump, who carried Florida in 2016, is approved by 47 percent while 53 percent disapprove of him. Congress is disapproved by 67 percent while 31 percent approve of it. 

The poll of 1,000 likely voters in Florida was taken from Sept. 5-Sept. 12 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.  

 


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