The first poll of the governor’s race that was taken following Tuesday’s primary election by a Democratic-leaning polling firm shows Democrat Andrew Gillum holding a 5-point lead over his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis.
The survey also polled the race for U.S. Senate and shows incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson holding a slim 1-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott.
In the governor’s contest, the poll shows Gillum receiving the support of 48 percent of those surveyed compared to 45 percent for DeSantis, with 9 percent undecided.
The poll shows Nelson receiving 46 percent compared to 45 percent for Scott in the Senate race. The number of undecided voters in that contest stands at 8 percent according to the poll.
The poll was conducted Public Policy Polling, which was the polling firm that worked with the Philip Levine campaign during the Democratic primary. It was commissioned by Christian Ulvert who served as Levine’s senior adviser.
The survey also polled the race for attorney general between Republican Ashley Moody and Democrat Sean Shaw. Moody holds a 3-point lead, 44 percent to 41 percent, with 15 percent undecided.
“In the Governor’s race, there is massive gender gap with Gillum leading among women by 21 and DeSantis leading among men by 13,” Ulvert said. “Meanwhile Nelson leads Rick Scott among women by 8 and Sean Shaw leads Moody among women by 7.”
Ulvert says the poll also shows the Democratic candidates holding a sizeable lead among independents.
“The most interesting number is among Independent voters where Gillum leads DeSantis by 34, Nelson leads Scott by 20 and Shaw leads Moody by 17. Gillum starts with an impressive edge among Independent voters who are key to winning Florida,” Ulvert said.
The poll was in the field August 29-30 with sample size of 743 voters.