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Andrew Gillum Builds Lead Over Ron DeSantis in New Poll Thanks to Independents

September 14, 2018 - 11:15am
Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis
Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis

A new poll shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, holds the lead over former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in Florida.

Rasmussen Reports released a poll of likely voters which shows Gillum taking 48 percent followed by DeSantis with 42 percent. While 8 percent are undecided, 2 percent back other candidates. Gillum is also ahead with voters who say they are certain to vote 49 percent to 44 percent. 

Both candidates have nailed down their party base with 82 percent of Democrats behind Gillum and 80 percent of Republicans supporting DeSantis. Voters outside the major parties break for Gillum as the Democrat takes 54 percent of them and DeSantis pulls 29 percent of these voters. 

White voters are generally divided with DeSantis holding a 46-45 edge but Gillum gets 75 percent of black voters. Hispanics are for DeSantis 48 percent to 37 percent. 

Gillum leads with women, voters under 40 and seniors. DeSantis is ahead with men and voters between 40 and 64.

Half of those surveyed--50 percent--see Gillum as favorable while 36 percent see him as unfavorable. DeSantis is seen as favorable by 45 percent while 42 percent see him unfavorably. 

The same poll showed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., barely edging Gov. Rick Scott 45 percent to 44 percent. 

Asked about the most important issue of the election, 23 percent say the economy, 15 percent say government ethics and corruption, 13 percent say taxes, another 13 percent say illegal immigration, 8 percent say social issues, another 8 percent say the environment, 6 percent say education and another 6 percent say school safety. 

The poll of 800 likely voters in Florida--35 percent of them Republicans, 34 percent of them outside of the major parties and 31 percent of them Democrats--was taken from Sept. 10-Sept. 11 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent. 

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I was sure Rasmussen was more accurate.

Has anyone seen the Gillum new website! http://mayorandrewgillum.com/contact/

Gilliam is a SOCIALIST. He wants to raise taxes! There's a reason Florida hasn't elected a Democrat as governor since 1999! They make Florida go broke.

Has anyone seen the Gillum new website! http://mayorandrewgillum.com/contact/

He'll never be Governor....

Are you sure about that? Rasmussen has him +6. I heard a rumor that he wants to begin State Income Tax. True?

You are a republican troll. Spreading false rumors.

Stop complaining about Gillum being corrupt. This only excites the progressive liberal socialist communist haters of the USA. Corruption is the mothers milk of the Democrat Party.

It is beyond comprehension why anyone wants to destroy the success Florida is experiencing under Governor Scott by voting for any democrat for any office in Florida. Anyone old enough to have experienced both parties when in office should know by now that "tax and spend" democrats is not an empty threat (promise). That is all they know how to do. They won't tell you that is what they stand for but that is the result. More "goodies" are promised with one hand while they reach into the working man's pocket to pay for what they are giving away to those they want to keep as good little democrat voters. I know correctly tested and gathered statistics are hard to come by but if you can find such stats, they prove again and again that Conservative policies bring prosperity to all while Liberal "redistribution" of a static pie just makes everyone less well off. I guess if you like society sitting on the couch collecting welfare, then you are all for the Dimms taking over. Really, it is scratch your head time when ready some of the opinions. It would be nice to see a proven fact once and awhile.

I imagine you are only referring to local politics and not national, considering how everything fell apart at the end of Bush's 8 years in office, and how Obama cleaned everything up by the time Trump entered office... and now Trump is enjoying the good economy and low deficit that Obama left him.. But he's already adding a ton back to the deficit that Obama cut by 2/3. As to Governor Scott.. we're dealing with an environmental crisis right now in Lake Okeechobee thanks to Scott's removal of environmental protections. Tons of marine life have died and all the people who live around Okeechobee and all the way up the coast of Florida are dealing with the mess. The state's economy has a great deal to do with the national economy, and the national economy improved because of the previous administration. If you are honest you will admit the Republicans aren't conservative. They just tax the wealthy less and then spend more on weapons and walls as they increase the deficit. Then democrats have to come in and fix it. And yes, a higher minimum wage, better education, and easier access to healthcare does make people better off.. but if you are only fighting for the one percent then admit that's who you're fighting for. But the one percent isn't the majority, and if you care at all about the overwhelming majority then you will recognize how a non-livable minimum wage, environmental destruction, low pay for teachers, and elimination of health care for the poor is bad for any society. And it's wrong.

that shows exactly how much you really pay attention to the reasons for the collapse, as well as why the deficit was cut. When you look through your partisan goggles you won't see the facts staring you right in the face. That goes for both parties not just those on the left. You spout off about deficit cuts, HOW ABOUT CUTTING THE DEBT. Cut SPENDING. FIX IT. Neither party will address that on the national level but keep buying into the BS.

Which success do you mean? The destruction of public education or the destruction of the environment?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!! #bringithome #Gillum4Governor2018

Blue Tsunami is coming. Have your hateful fun commenting but times are changing and your vastly outnumbered by young reasonable progress oriented folks. This is gonna be fun watching your ways crumble before you.

Are you having fun yet? How's that Blue Ripple comin' along?

You are a democratic socialist, that makes you an idiot!

You follow Trump what does that make you

Voting for a crook like Gillum is plain stupid. He can't deliver on any of his promises but he certainly will rob the state coffers along with his crony lobbyist pals. It will take Florida decades to recover from his embezzlement operation.

My question is if Gillum wins who takes over after he's committed to the Alcee Hastings wing of the Federal Penitentiary?

If Gilliam wins...say hello to Califlorida!

I don't want to live in Ca!

That's Gillum spellcheck

Rasmussen is not a poll that favors repubs it is the least biased poll out of all of them. Probably the only poll that exists that doesn't favor either party.

HERE IS MY PROFILE: LADY OF 65 YEARS OF AGE, WHITE MIXED WITH CHEROKEE BLOOD, ANYWAY THAT IS ME. I CAN TOTALLY GUARANTEE ANY FLORIDIAN, THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO VOTES FOR COMMUNIST GILLUM SHALL DEFINITELY HATE THEMSELVES SHORTLY AFTER THE ELECTION. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO VOTE FOR DeSANTIS. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING FLORIDIANS: THE ONLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WHO CAN GIVE EVERYTHING FOR FREE AND STILL HAVE A HUMANITY OF ANY KIND OR NATURE SURVIVE IS JESUS CHRIST. HAS NOT ANYONE BECOME SEVERELY ILL OVER THE LIES OF OBAMA, OR HAS ANYONE HAD THEIR BELLIES FILLED ENOUGH WITH DESTRUCTION. ASK YOURSELVES THIS QUESTION. GILLUM SHOULD NOT HOLD ANY GOVERNMENT POSITION WHATSOEVER, IT WOULD BE BETTER IF HE WERE SHIPPED OFF TO CHINA. GILLUM IS MORE DEADLY THAN ANY HURRICANE, AND I SHALL STAND CORRECT!!!

your comment is so true. guillum judgeing for the debates is a slick talking famu undereducated socialist gangster and a RACIST. I CAN SEE IT

Amen

You have got to be the stupidest half-white woman ever. You should be shipped out to a place for ass-holes

Then she would be with your parents for birthing a loser like you.

You are brain-dead lib. Not is free idiot. We all pay for your Godless decisions. The only difference is you pay in eternal damnation.

ROTFLMAO!!!...……...When you hit the Pearly gates you think God will want you, your hateful kind?...…………..You'll have a nice hot seat in Hell along with DeSantis....………….WWJD?

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