Another poll shows Gillum leading DeSantis, while the race for U.S. Senate is a toss-up

by | Oct 23, 2018

Another poll released Tuesday shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading in the race for governor with a 4-point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis. The same poll shows a toss-up in the U.S. Senate race with Gov. Rick Scott holding a slim 1-point lead over the incumbent, Bill Nelson.

This latest poll comes from Florida Atlantic University which surveyed 704 likely voters from October 18 through 21 using online questionnaires and robocalls. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.

The FAU poll shows Gillum holding a 41 percent to 37 percent lead over DeSantis, with 18 percent of those surveyed saying they are undecided. The poll shows Gillum is benefiting from the support of independents and young voters.  He holds a a 34 percent to 26 percent lead with independents. Among young voters between 18 and 34 years of age, Gillum has a significant lead, 46 percent to 25 percent.

In the contest for Senate. The FAU poll shows Scott holding a slim lead over Nelson, 42  percent to 41 percent. Undecided voters stands at 13 percent. The poll shows Scott is winning the support of independents, 39 percent to 27 percent.

Scott appears to be benefiting from the way he has responded to Hurricane Michael. Of those voters surveyed, 39 percent say Scott did an excellent job dealing with the storm and another 32% said he did a good job; 25% said he did a fair job with 5% saying it was a poor response.

When it comes to overall job performance, 43 percent approve of Scott’s performance and 36 percent disapprove, while Sen. Nelson has a 36 percent approval and 35 percent disapproval rating.

The FAU survey shows health care is the top issue among voters, with immigration coming in second.  Voters who said healthcare was most important are breaking for Nelson 64 percent to 20 percent, while voters who said Immigration was most important were breaking for Scott 71 percent to 17 percent.

As for President Donald Trump’s job approval rating, the FAU poll shows Trump has a 45 percent approval rating and 42 percent disapprove.



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