President Donald Trump saw a slight improvement while support for Rick Scott surged in a new immigration focused poll from Florida Atlantic University.
The President’s approval rating among Floridians held steady at 41 percent, but the percentage of respondents that disapprove of Trump dropped from 47 percent in November to 44 in February. Of the 750 people who were polled, 45 percent opposed impeachment proceedings for Trump, while 39 percent supported it and 17 percent were undecided.
When looking at immigration policy, the study revealed a close split on the subject of building a border wall with 43 percent in favor and 45 percent against. On the issue of permanent legal status for the children who were brought illegally to the U.S., there was stronger support with 58 percent in favor and only 26 percent opposed. Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Hondurans whose countries have seen serious disaster also received strong support with 47 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed.
To no one’s surprise, Floridians were strongly against increased offshore drilling with 53 percent opposed and only 26 percent supporting oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
The survey also asked about a hypothetical U.S. Senate race between the incumbent Bill Nelson, and Governor Rick Scott, who has not declared but is term limited out of his office after this year. Scott leads Nelson 44 percent to 34 percent with 22 percent undecided, which is a huge shift of 12 points from polling in August that showed Scott behind Nelson 42 percent to 40 percent. The governor has also seen gains in name recognition with a 49 percent favorable and 39 percent unfavorable rating in November 2017 moving to 52 percent favorable and 34 percent unfavorable in February. Nelson, on the other hand, has slipped in name recognition from a 45 percent favorable and 22 percent unfavorable opinion in November to a 40 percent favorable and 27 percent unfavorable opinion this month.
While the numbers look good for Scott, Dr. Monica Escaleras of Florida Atlantic said that the hypothetical race still has a long time to develop.
“Scott’s increasing favorability rating is reflected in the double-digit lead he has
opened up in our hypothetical matchup,” said Escaleras. “However, with 22 percent of voters saying they’re undecided, there’s still plenty of opportunity for Nelson to turn things around.”
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