Qunnipiac Poll Shows Gillum Ahead of DeSantis in Race For Florida Governor, 50 to 47 Percent
By Space Coast Daily // September 4, 2018
Qunnipiac University released poll on Tuesday
SUNSHINE STATE NEWS – A new poll shows a close contest between U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the race to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Scott in Florida.
Qunnipiac University released a poll on Tuesday afternoon which shows 50 percent of voters for Gillum, who won the Democratic primary in an upset last week, and DeSantis, who blew out Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on the Republican side, right behind him with 47 percent.
There is a major racial divide as 93 percent of black voters back Gillum while 2 percent prefer DeSantis but the Republican takes 52 percent of white voters while the Tallahassee mayor gets 45 percent of them.
Hispanic voters break for DeSantis who gets 56 percent of them while 43 percent back Gillum. There is also a gender gap with men backing DeSantis 52 percent to 45 percent while women support Gillum 55 percent to 42 percent.
Both candidates have nailed down their party base with 92 percent of Republicans for DeSantis and 93 percent of Democrats for Gillum.
The Democrat takes 55 percent of independents while 42 percent are for DeSantis. Most DeSantis and Gillum backers–94 percent of them–say they have made up their minds on who to vote for.
Gillum is seen as favorable by 46 percent while 33 percent see him as unfavorable. DeSantis is better known with 45 percent seeing him favorably while 43 percent see him as unfavorable.
“Mayor Andrew Gillum came out of his upset victory in the Florida Democratic primary with a head of steam,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, on Tuesday.
“That momentum shows itself as Gillum hits 50 percent in a neck-and-neck match-up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for the four-year lease on the governor’s mansion.”
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