New poll shows Bill Nelson leading in Senate race, Philip Levine gaining traction in bid for governor

by | Apr 12, 2018

A new poll shows the gubernatorial campaign of former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine starting to gain traction among voters, while U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson holds a 6 point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the contest for Nelson’s Senate seat.

The poll was commissioned by Edge Communications with Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina firm that leans more Democratic. Levine’s senior adviser, Christian Ulvert is President of Edge Communications. The survey was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, after Scott announced his candidacy for the Senate on Monday.

Of those surveyed, 50 percent said they would vote for Nelson, while 44 percent said they supported Scott.  The remaining 6 percent were unsure who they would vote for in the Senate contest.

Nelson’s favorability rating showed 47 percent of the voters viewed his performance on the job as favorable, while 36 percent gave him an unfavorable rating. Scott was also seen as favorable by 47 percent of the voters surveyed, but his unfavorable rating is 46 percent.

If the Democratic primary for governor were held today, the poll shows Levine would win with 29 percent. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is in second with 23 percent, followed by Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at 8 percent and Orlando-area businessman Chris King at 4 percent

The survey shows Levine holding the best shot of beating the Republican nominee in November. In a matchup against Republican frontrunner Adam Putnam, Levine holds a 4 point lead. Against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Levine leads by 5 percentage points.

Graham also holds leads over both GOP candidates with a 1 point lead over Putnam and 4 percent over DeSantis.

Thirty-five percent of those surveyed gave Levine a favorable rating, while 14 percent gave him an unfavorable ranking. Levine leads all candidates among voters of both genders, as well as all age ranges.

Graham’s favorability stands at 28 percent, with 11 percent describing her as unfavorable.

For more information on the survey results for the general election, click here.

For more information on the Democratic primary poll results, click here.

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