A Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) statewide poll recently revealed that Floridians either don’t know or don’t like candidates on 2016’s ballot, their respective parties they represent and/or plaintiff trial lawyers who support many candidates.
With the addition of hundreds of thousands of registered voters in the Sunshine State since the last presidential election— in addition to 12.3 million already on the books — this year’s voting is unique, said the Institute, divulging that Florida voters are most concerned about jobs, the economy and education. Many feel that financial issues remain status quo and are evenly divided about the aptness of Florida’s current direction.
At the national level, voter response calibrated for Donald Trump showed a 43 percent favorable/52 percent unfavorable rating and Hillary Clinton’s at 39 percent favorable/56 percent unfavorable. Perception of U.S. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was balanced (at 43 percent versus 44 percent) while his Republican primary challenger Carlos Beruff landed the least positive profile at only 9 percent favorable, 14 percent unfavorable, and 63 percent “never heard of.”
The Republican and Democratic parties were similarly rated with slightly greater “unfavorable” impressions, while plaintiff trial lawyers scored the lowest, at 15 percent favorable, 34 percent unfavorable and 27 percent unfamiliar with the individuals.
FCPI contracted with Cherry Communications to run the weeklong poll by telephone, engaging over 600 individual responses.
“A week sounds like a short time, but it can be a lifetime for a campaign and provide candidates the opportunity to make solid gains that can improve their outcome,” Marian Johnson, Florida Chamber of Commerce’s SVP for government and political relations, said. “It’s unusual to see this many undecided voters this close to the election."
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