New Florida Chamber of Commerce Statewide Poll Shows Presidential Race Too Close to Call in Florida
Rubio/Murphy Locked in a Tight Race; Amendments Would Pass if Election Were Today
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make final preparations for their first presidential debate tonight, the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) statewide poll shows the presidential race too close to call. Florida remains a tossup state between Clinton and Trump.
“Floridians don’t like either candidate at the top of the ticket, therefore it’s important that both candidates work to connect with voters tonight when they will have the nation’s attention during the presidential debate,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations. “Presidential debates offer candidates an opportunity to make solid gains and to improve their outcome at the ballot box. I believe Floridians will be watching the candidates closely to learn more about them, and to help determine which way they will vote.”
In addition to their dislike of Clinton and Trump, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are locked in a tight race, while political parties and billboard trial lawyers continue to be disliked by voters.
Politicians, Parties, and Plaintiff Trial Lawyers are Mostly Disliked:
Key Facts About Florida Voters:
- Jobs and the economy remain the number one concern among Florida voters at 19 percent, followed by education and schools at 12 percent.
- Florida voters are more optimistic that Florida is moving in the right direction – 44 percent right direction and 36 percent wrong direction.
While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 45 percent to 42 percent in the head-to-head General Election matchup, the Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll shows Clinton’s lead shrinks when third party candidates are added to the mix. Clinton leads Trump 43 percent to 41 percent with Libertarian Gary Johnson pulling 8 percent of the vote.
- Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 43%
- Donald Trump/Mike Pence 41%
- Gary Johnson/Bill Weld 8%
- Someone Else 2%
- Undecided 5%
- Refused 1%
South Florida Problem:
- Trump continues to struggle in South Florida, trailing nearly 20 points in each media market.
- In a head-to-head race, Clinton leads Trump 56 percent to 25 percent in Miami, while in a three-way race including Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 56 percent to 31 percent for Trump and 3 percent for Gary Johnson.
- In a head-to-head race, Clinton leads Trump 53 percent to 32 percent in West Palm Beach, while in a three-way race including Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 52 percent to 34 percent for Trump and 5 percent for Johnson.
- Hillary Clinton is helped with her commanding lead among Hispanic voters.
- In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among Hispanic voters 53 percent to 30 percent.
- In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Clinton leads among Hispanic voters 49 percent to 30 percent for Trump and 12 percent for Johnson.
- Hilary Clinton has an impressive lead among African American voters.
- In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among African American voters 89 percent to 4 percent.
- In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Clinton leads among African American voters 88 percent to 4 percent for Trump and 1 percent for Johnson.
- Donald Trump has a strong lead among White voters and it does not move much when adding a third party
- In a head-to-head race with Clinton, Trump leads among White voters 51 percent to 35 percent.
- In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Trump leads among White voters 51 percent to 34 percent for Clinton and 8 percent for Johnson.
- A gender gap still exists – Trump leads among men and Clinton is dominating among women
- In a head-to-head race with Clinton, Trump leads among men 47 percent to 42 percent, and in a three-way race he leads with men 45 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent for Gary Johnson.
- In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among women 47 percent to 37 percent, and in a three-way race, Clinton leads with women 46 percent to 38 percent to 7 percent for Johnson.
- Clinton and Trump each do equally well with their bases
- Clinton earns the support of 78 percent of Democrats in a head-to-head with Trump and 76 percent of Democrats in a three-way contest with Gary Johnson.
- Trump earns the support of 76 percent of Republicans in a head-to-head with Clinton and 76 percent of the vote in a three-way contest with Gary Johnson.
- Clinton leads Trump among voters from minor parties or who are unaffiliated
- In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among other parties 47 percent to 38 percent.
- Clinton increases her lead slightly among other parties 45 percent to 35 percent over Trump, with Gary Johnson receiving 9 percent among voters from minor parties or who have no party affiliation.
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are locked in a race that will be tight until Election Day.
- Marco Rubio 46%
- Patrick Murphy 42%
- Undecided 11%
- Refused 1%
- Marco Rubio continues to lead Patrick Murphy as he has in every FCPI poll – a credit to his strength among demographic groups.
- Rubio leads Murphy 46 percent to 43 percent among Hispanic voters
- Murphy leads Rubio 79 percent to 11 percent among African American voters
- Rubio leads Murphy 53 percent to 35 percent among White voters
- Rubio leads Murphy with men and barely trails him among women
- Rubio leads Murphy 49 percent to 41 percent among men.
- Murphy only leads Rubio by 2 points among women, 44 percent to 42 percent.
- Rubio’s lead among votes from other parties mirrors his lead in the general election (4 percent). Rubio leads Murphy 42 percent to 38 percent among voters from minor parties or who have no party affiliation.
If the election were held today, it appears more than 65 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 1 which protects the rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice.
- Yes 66%
- No 16%
“The Florida Chamber supports the solar energy policies in Amendment 1 and it appears Florida voters do too,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
If the election were held today, it appears more than 70 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 2 which permits the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions.
- Yes 73%
- No 22%
If the election were held today, it appears more than 85 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 3 which provides a tax exemption for totally and permanently disabled first responders.
- Yes 85%
- No 7%
If the election were held today, it appears 80 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 5 which provides a homestead tax exemption for certain senior low income, long term residents.
- Yes 80%
- No 9%
ABOUT THIS POLL:
The Florida Chamber of Commerce political poll was conducted on September 15-20, 2016 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percent. The sample size included 263 Democrats, 250 Republicans and 104 Others for a total of 617 respondents statewide. The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber are consistently drawn from likely voters and newly registered voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters. Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting.
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Florida Chamber-Backed Trade Bill Passes U.S. House
TPA Measure Equals Economic/Job Growth in Florida
The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation and championing international trade to help ensure Florida remains globally competitive. TPA will allow the U.S. to complete market-opening trade agreements that support economic growth in Florida and high-paying jobs across multiple Florida industry sectors.
“Florida families and businesses are winners today with the decision by the U.S. House to support international trade efforts,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We commend the members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation for voting to support TPA, supporting pro-business legislation that will create high-wage jobs, boost trade and make Florida more globally competitive.”
For Florida, free trade agreements mean expanding economic opportunities. Countries with which we have free trade agreements represent 37 percent of Florida’s exports, and during the past 10 years, exports from Florida to these markets grew by 97 percent.
The legislation, Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), will increase the transparency of trade negotiations, will support economic growth in Florida, will create high-paying jobs, and will allow all members of the public to have input in U.S. trade negotiations at all stages. The U.S. Senate passed the bill last month.
Final Push on Trade Bill
U.S. House to Vote on TPA and Other Trade Bills on Friday
It’s rally time for trade! The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation and accompanying trade bills this Friday.
The Florida Chamber urges you to call on your members of Congress to pass this vital piece of legislation. Please contact your House members today and ask them to vote “YES”. TPA is essential to creating high-wage jobs and opening new markets for Florida’s exporters.
The Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314 the Trade Promotion Authority bill as passed by the U.S. Senate)
Other trade bills to be taken up this Friday include:
- The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644)
- The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 1891)
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