How FloridaWins.Org Can Help Employees Get Involved

Imagine a news organization that provides you with information about the elections and candidates running for office, without telling you what to think or how to vote. It may be hard to imagine, especially in light of recent polls showing fewer Americans than ever trust information provided by the news media. Enter FloridaWins.org, a non-partisan news and information service designed to help employers communicate with employees about the upcoming elections and the candidates running for office.

Recognizing Floridians are fed up with partisan politics, FloridaWins.org set out on a mission in 2014 to provide only one thing: the facts. FloridaWins.org does not endorse candidates and does not promote one party over another – it simply provides the facts to Floridians and lets each person decide where they stand.

In 2016, FloridaWins.org has stepped up its efforts to educate Floridians about the issues and elections. In addition to regular articles and animated videos covering the issues, the website staff interviewed candidates running for election to the Florida House and Senate and asked them questions about jobs, healthcare and education. The result? More than 100 candidates have a video posted on FloridaWins.org that allows voters to compare their answers to the questions, side-by-side.

More than 20 regional chambers of commerce have partnered with FloridaWins.org to help the business community engage its employees in non-partisan voter education efforts. Although many business leaders have responded, more are needed. To help make elections easier for your employees and their friends and family members, contact Greg Blosé at gblose@flchamber.com or call 850-521-1243 to get your free copy of the FloridaWins.org voter engagement toolkit. The toolkit will provide you with the dates, messaging and other tools you need to help educate your employees about the upcoming election.

When your employees are educated and involved, Florida Wins.

Did You Know Only 20 Percent of Millennials Voted in the Last National Election?

Millennial voters are described as racially diverse and politically independent, and they are changing the course of the electoral process. Although the millennial generation accounts for the largest segment of the population and 46 million eligible voters, only 20 percent cast a ballot in the 2014 midterm election – the lowest youth turnout rate ever recorded in a federal election. In addition, the proportion of young people registered to vote is at an all-time low of 46.7 percent.

Some experts speculate that the lack of interest in civic engagement stems from an aversion to partisan politics and that millennials don’t readily see themselves represented by the current pool of candidates. One way to combat this perception is through social media and apps that help millennials identify the candidates whose platforms most align with their core beliefs. Millennials are the biggest contributors to our workforce and the future of our country. If they’re disengaged, who will shape future policies?

Get Involved

Join us at the 2016 Florida Chamber Board of Governors Capitol Days  and learn more about The Political Factor and 2016 Elections with Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy at the Florida Chamber, Andrew Wiggins, Senior Director of Campaigns and Elections at the Florida Chamber, and Matt Dixon, political reporter with POLITICO.

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

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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.

  • Hillary Clinton: Of likely Florida voters, the Florida Chamber poll shows only 37 percent have a favorable opinion, while 57 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her.
  • Donald Trump: Likely Florida voters have a 35 percent favorable opinion, with 53 percent having an unfavorable opinion of him.
  • Jeb Bush: Likely Florida voters have a 48 percent favorable opinion of him compared to 39 percent having an unfavorable opinion.

“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:

  • Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump 42 to 41 percent, but Jeb Bush beats Hillary Clinton 48 to 37 percent.
  • In a scenario where Jeb Bush is the Republican candidate, Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate and Donald Trump is an Independent, Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush 35 percent to 32 percent, with Donald Trump receiving 21 percent of the vote.

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.

  • Donald Trump – 25 percent
  • Marco Rubio – 14 percent
  • Jeb Bush – 13 percent
  • Carly Fiorina – 11 percent
  • Ben Carson – 9 percent
  • Ted Cruz – 6 percent

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.

  • 44 percent of Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction, compared to 37 percent that think we’re heading in the wrong direction, and
  • 48 percent of Floridians approve of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor, while 39 disapprove.

 

Top Issues Among Likely Voters:

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

  • 24 percent of likely voters say job creation and the improving the economy is the most important issue facing Florida
  • 13 percent of Florida voters believe education should is the most important issue in the state,
  • 9 percent of registered voters believe healthcare is the most important issue, and
  • 6 percent of Florida voters believe immigration is the most important issue our state is facing.

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.

  • Limits or Prevents Barriers: 41 percent support while 35 percent oppose.
  • Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice: 76 percent support while 7 percent oppose.

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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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Poll: Floridians Support Solar But Don’t Support Proposed Amendment That Could Increase Energy Cost

 

45% of Floridians Think Florida is Heading in the Right Direction

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (August 31 , 2015) – The latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today shows that Floridians support solar energy, but they do not support a proposed solar amendment that could drive up energy costs. Only 41 percent of likely Florida voters support Limits or Prevents Barriers to Local Solar Electricity Supply.

“Florida voters clearly support solar, but with 30 proposed constitutional amendments attempting to make their way onto the ballot and into Florida’s Constitution, voters will be looking closely at those that might increase their utility costs,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber.

The Florida Chamber filed an Amicus Brief with the Florida Supreme Court opposing this amendment. As noted in the brief prepared by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, the Florida Chamber believes:

  • The solar initiative violates the single-subject requirement, and
  • The title and summary of the amendment are deceptive and misleading to Florida voters.

The group behind Limits or Prevents Barriers to Local Solar Electricity Supply must defend their proposed amendment before the Florida Supreme court on Tuesday.

Additional Florida Chamber survey results show that more Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction and almost half approve of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor.

  • 45 percent (nearly one out of two) of Floridians believe Florida is heading in the right direction, and
  • 48 percent (nearly half) of Floridians approve of the job Rick Scott is doing as Governor.

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

  • 22 percent of registered Florida voters say job creation and improving the economy is the most important issue facing our state,
  • 13 percent of registered Florida voters believe education should be the top issue in the state,
  • 11 percent of Florida voters are concerned about health care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (known as ObamaCare), and
  • Immigration is gaining traction and seen as the most important issue by 8 percent of voters.

The survey, conducted on August 8-14, 2015 during live landline (62 percent) and cellular (38 percent) telephone calls, included a cross section of 611 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Please note:  The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber Political Institute are consistently drawn from likely 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 this November.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber Unveils 2015 Legislative Report Card

Missed Opportunities and Philosophical Differences Lead to Fewer Votes
Cast On Issues That Could Have Made Florida More Competitive

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (July 7 , 2015) – Following the 2015 regular and special legislative sessions, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today is releasing actual grades earned by all members of the House and Senate on the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card. The grades reflect fewer scored votes cast than previous years on issues that would have made Florida more competitive – especially in the areas of healthcare, water policy, lawsuit abuse reform and taxpayer funded pension reform. Although this year will be remembered as the year the legislative process missed major opportunities, the Florida Chamber thanks Senate President Andy Gardiner and Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli for not allowing new lawsuits, new taxes or more regulations.

After tabulating more than 3,384 votes cast during the 2015 regular and special legislative sessions, nearly 54 percent of state lawmakers earned an “A” (90-100) on the priority pro-jobs issues outlined in the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Business Agenda. 3,384 actual scored votes is approximately only half of the scored votes as in previous years.

The Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card is an annual opportunity to honor and recognize members of the Florida Legislature who placed making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation above special interests attempts to protect the status quo.

“Despite philosophical differences, lawmakers passed 20 Florida Chamber-backed measures during the two recent legislative sessions,” said Steve Knopik, Chair of the Florida Chamber and CEO of Beall’s, Inc. “Unfortunately, there were a number of missed opportunities, resulting in fewer votes taken on issues that could help make Florida more competitive.”

The Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card is an online tool that illuminates grades legislators earned based on their support of pro-jobs, pro-business issues during the annual legislative session.

Poll after poll shows that Floridians are concerned about the job the Congress and the Florida Legislature are doing. The latest Florida Chamber voter poll shows 41 percent of voters disapprove of the job lawmakers are doing, while 40 percent approve, compared to 70 percent of Florida voters who disapprove of the job Congress is doing.

“The Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card lets Florida’s families and small businesses know if legislators voted in favor of job creation and a stronger economy, and provides them with valuable information as they begin to consider the 2016 election cycle,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber.

Building on the Florida Chamber’s multi-year competitiveness agenda, this year the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott approved more than $400 million in targeted tax relief, championed education reforms for a globally competitive workforce, invested in infrastructure and transportation, strengthened Florida’s economic development efforts, implemented Amendment 1 and made strides to address Florida’s forthcoming doctor shortage.

Analytics From the Florida Chamber’s 2015 Legislative Report Card Reveal:

  • 20 Senators earned an “A” – remaining steady from 2013 and 2014,
  • 61 Representatives earned an “A” – down from 71 last year, and
  • Grade Point Average for Representatives was 83 percent and 89 percent for Senators – down from 87 percent and up from 88.7 percent respectively last year.

The Florida Chamber entered the 2015 Legislative Session by encouraging lawmakers to focus on making Florida’s business climate more competitive and lowering the cost of living for Florida’s families and small businesses. The Florida Chamber’s agenda for jobs, Where We Stand, served as an important roadmap to educate lawmakers on the business community’s priorities.

Lawmakers were also notified prior to each vote impacting the Florida Chamber’s agenda for jobs that their vote would be counted. The tabulated results of each of those votes result in the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

While 1,795 bills were filed, and 232 of them passed both chambers, the Florida Chamber has a focused agenda and the actual votes used to calculate the report card are those votes that tie directly to the Florida Chamber’s agenda for jobs. In the past four years, Governor Scott has had a perfect batting average in signing all 104 Florida Chamber-backed bills into law.

“While I wish the regulations process would have allowed more courageous votes, I’m extremely proud of the great work of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors, local chambers and the more than 30 lobbyists that have worked aggressively in support of free enterprise and job creation,” Hart said.

Moving forward, the Florida Chamber is already developing its 2016 Business Agenda, and the Florida Chamber’s Political Operations team, under the direction of Senior Vice President of Political Operations Marian Johnson, is actively enlisting pro-jobs, pro-business candidates to run in the 2016 election cycle.

The Florida Chamber will soon release How They Voted 2015, a detailed annual report summarizing the priorities of the recent legislative sessions and incorporating the 2015 Legislative Report Card.

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

New Florida Chamber Political Poll Shows Strengthening Voter Confidence & Governor Scott Outpaces Opponents in Head-to-Head Matches

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TALLAHASSEE, FL. (August 18, 2014) – While jobs and the economy continue to rank as top issues among Florida’s likely voters, the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll shows likely voters have a more positive view of the future and favor Governor Rick Scott in the state’s top leadership race.

“While top concerns for voters remain jobs and the economy, their support of Governor Scott is a signal they approve of his strong ability to create private-sector jobs,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. “This is evidenced by the fact that 43 percent of the voters believe Florida’s unemployment rate is lower since Rick Scott took office.”

Additional Polling Data Shows:

  • Of the 627 Florida likely voters polled, 29 percent rank job creation and the economy as their top issues, and
  • For six straight months, a plurality of voters believe the Sunshine State is headed in the right direction – 43 percent. (Based on Florida Chamber polling conducted in February 2014, June 2014 and August 2014.)

Governor Rick Scott’s job approval rating continues to remain positive, with 50 percent of likely voters approving of the job he’s doing. At the same time, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s favorability continues to drop – down to 36 percent from 41 percent in June.

In Head-to-Head Matchups:

  • Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist: Scott earns 44 percent to Crist’s 41 percent.
  • Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist vs. Adrian Wyllie: Scott earns 41 percent, Crist gets 35 percent and Libertarian Adrain Wyllie earns 4 percent.

 

Crosstabs

Candidate Dem Rep Other Male Female
Scott 11 73 31 47 35
Crist 70 8 25 30 41
Wyllie 2 3 14 6 2
Other 6 3 10 4 7
Undecided 11 13 17 13 15

 

“I believe a major reason Charlie Crist is visibly losing support is because voters are beginning to realize that Rick Scott’s private-sector pro-jobs plan is working and that Florida continues to move in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

On the national level, President Obama’s job approval rating remains upside down as 41 percent approved and 54 percent disapprove.

The poll, conducted on August 10-13, 2014 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Additional Results Show:

  • Education, healthcare, and immigration round out the top three issues voters are most concerned about – 19 percent, 6 percent and 6 percent respectively.
  • By a margin of 36 percent to 25 percent, voters believe they are financially better off than they were a year ago.

 

Please Note: The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber Political Institute are consistently drawn from likely 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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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.