Poll: 74 percent of Floridians have never heard of Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

by | Apr 16, 2024

A USA Today/Ipsos poll reveals that 74 percent of Floridians are unaware of Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, signaling challenges in her campaign against Republican incumbent Sen. Rick Scott.

A USA Today/Ipsos poll published on Friday spells trouble for presumed Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, as findings indicate that 74 percent of Floridians have never heard of the former Congresswoman.

In totality, four percent of poll participants hold a favorable view of Mucarsel-Powell, eight percent say they have a somewhat favorable view, while the somewhat unfavorable and very unfavorable categorizations both received seven percent of the voter share.

“With the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Florida this November, the majority (74 percent) of Floridians say they have never heard of the main Democratic candidate, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,” the poll abstract reads.

In August, Mucarsel-Powell declared her intention to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Rick Scott for his Senate seat. Before her formal announcement, top Democratic figures, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officials, expressed support, urging her to enter the race, as reported by Politico in July.

Thus far in her campaign, Mucarsel-Powell has largely focused on abortion access, which she pledges support for, and her intention to back protections to Social Security — an oft-peddled criticism of the incumbent.

“While Senator Rick Scott wrote the plan to defund Medicare and Social Security, in Congress Debbie wrote the plan to expand Medicare,” her campaign site states.

The poll, fielded in English and Spanish, was based on a representative probability sample of 1,014 general population adults aged 18 or older currently residing in Florida. The sample includes 369 Republicans, 264 Democrats, and 316 independents, according to Ipsos.

A separate poll conducted by Emerson College and published on Thursday gave Scott an early lead to secure reelection in November, while economic factors remain the leading concern among Florida voters.

The poll, conducted on April 9th and 10th among 1,000 registered Florida voters, found 45 percent of registered voters to support Scott and 38 percent backing Mucarsel-Powell while seventeen percent remain undecided.

Scott has bolstered his reelection campaign with a slew of high-level endorsements, notably from fellow Senator Marco Rubio and 80 state legislators, including state leaders Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner. Both lauded Scott’s “commitment to policies fostering a conducive environment for living, working, and raising families in the state.”

Scott, a two-term Florida governor, narrowly defeated Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson in the 2018 Senate election, receiving approximately 10,000 more votes than the former astronaut, marking the first time since the Reconstruction era that Republicans held both Senate seats in Florida.


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