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Likely Florida Voters Have Negative Feelings Towards Current Presidential Party Front Runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261

Florida Voters Approve of the Job Governor Rick Scott is
Doing and Believe Florida is Headed in the Right Direction

ORLANDO (September 29 , 2015) – The latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today shows Floridians view the two candidates leading in the polls for the Republican and Democratic nominations for President –Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump –more negative than positive.

“In 1980 when I was serving as a director on Ronald Reagan’s Florida presidential team, and the race was between Reagan, George Bush, John Connally and others, Reagan wasn’t the front runner, yet he ultimately was elected president,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President for Political Strategies for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re more than five months away from the primary, and the front runner today very well may not be the front runner in March, 2016,” said Andrew Wiggins, Senior Director of Campaigns and Elections for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.


Head-to-Head Matchups:

Although the primaries are more than five months away, and it’s impossible to predict, below are some potential scenarios:

If The Race Were Held Today:

In the Presidential Republican primary, Donald Trump leads with 25 percent, while Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are all within the margin of error of each other.

Right/Wrong Direction:

Additionally, the recent statewide Florida Chamber political poll shows almost half of Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction, and nearly half approving of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor.


Top Issues Among Likely Voters:

Also, likely Florida voters believe the economy is the most important issue facing Florida. Specifically:

Constitutional Amendments:

Voters will vote on several Constitutional Amendments that are expected to be on the ballot.

Solar Amendments:

With the two competing solar amendments, one appears to be winning while the other is losing.

Medical Marijuana:

After losing in 2014, the medical marijuana amendment continues gaining support, with 67 percent supporting and 27 percent opposing.


ABOUT THIS POLL: The Florida Chamber political poll was conducted September 16-20, 2015, and the margin of error is +/- 4 with a 95 percent confidence level. Below are crosstabs.


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