The latest poll in the Democratic race for governor shows former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine jumping out to a double-digit lead over his closest rival, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham.
The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling for the Levine campaign, gives Levine a 10-point advantage over Graham, 30 percent to 20 percent. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is third with 12 percent, while Orlando-area businessman Chris King received 6 percent. A third of the voters surveyed, 33 percent, are still unsure.
Recent polls have shown Levine leading the contest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but this is the first showing him with a double-digit lead.
“Philip Levine begins the post-Memorial Day sprint to the August Primary with a 10-point lead over former frontrunner Gwen Graham, buoyed by the highest name ID and backed by the largest campaign team in the field,” said Christian Ulvert, Levine’s senior advisor, in a memo sent out Tuesday morning. “This marks the first double-digit lead for Philip Levine and comes as vote-by-mail ballots are set to be mailed across Florida in 57 days.”
Ulvert says the PPP survey shows Levine holding strong leads in the key demographics. Levine holds a 20-point advantage among Hispanic voters, an 8-point lead among African-Americans, and a 13-point advantage among women.
The poll also shows Levine has the best name recognition of the four candidates among Democratic voters. Fifty-five percent of the Democrats surveyed had heard of Levine, compared to 43 percent name recognition for Graham, 29 percent for Gillum and 25 percent for King.
“The latest numbers reflect the campaign’s hard work from its inception and commitment to run an aggressive effort in every part of the state,” said Ulvert. “From hiring close to 40-staff to date, opening regional offices in every corner of Florida, and traveling from county-to-county to meet with Florida Democrats, Levine for Governor is entering the crucial summer months with a decisive advantage.”
Levine also leads in favorability ratings with 41 percent of the voters viewing him favorably, while 45 percent weren’t sure. That compares to Graham who 29 percent of the voters view favorably with 57 percent not sure.
Levine’s television spots appear to be helping his political status among the four Democratic candidates. Of those surveyed, more than half, or 52 percent, said they had seen a Levine spot on TV.
The PPP survey was conducted May 21 and 22.