Fifty percent of likely Florida voters support Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and 47 percent back Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the race for governor, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Tuesday.
“Neither man was well-known before their primaries, but since then the race has become a center of political attention in the state,” said Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Peter Brown.
“Now, 97 percent of voters say they will vote for one of the two men, a highly unusual situation this far from the actual voting [and]… more than 90 percent of Gillum and DeSantis voters say they will not change their minds.”
Other results from the poll include:
- Men back DeSantis 52 percent to 45 percent, while women support Gillum 55 percent to 42 percent.
- Among whites, support for DeSantis is 52 percent to 45 percent, while blacks overwhelmingly back Gillum 93 percent to two percent. Hispanic voters give the advantage to DeSantis 56 percent to 43 percent.
- Independent voters favor Gillum by a 55 percent to 42 percent margin.
- Twenty-two percent of voters said their decision in the race for governor will be more to express support for President Donald Trump and 24 percent said it will be more to express opposition to him. But 51 percent said Trump is not an important factor in the governor’s race.
- Twenty-three percent cited the economy as the most important issue in their vote for governor, while 14 percent said immigration, another 14 percent cited health care, 13 percent gun policy, 12 percent the environment and 10 percent said education.
The poll was conducted from August 30 until September 3 by surveying 785 Florida likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.
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