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GOP leaders get high marks from their Republican base, new Associated Industries of Florida poll shows

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Republicans are getting a good report card from Florida voters according to a new poll conducted by Associated Industries of Florida and obtained by Florida politics.
AIF found that 71 percent of likely Republican voters think the state is headed in the right direction, and an astounding 81 percent approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing through his first month in the White House.
The Trump numbers are a far cry from the most recent Gallup national poll on his popularity, which showed him with a 40 percent approval rating on Feb. 17.
Naysayers measured in at 20 percent for the direction of the state and 14 percent for Trump’s job approval, leading to a net 51 percent approval and 67 percent approval, respectively.
Survey participants also had no qualms with Gov. Rick Scott, who garnered 81 percent support compared to 14 percent who said he his performance wasn’t up to snuff.
While Scott and Trump are enjoying glowing reviews from likely Republican voters, second-term U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t faring as well.
Though 69 percent of those polled said they thought he was doing a good job, the bulk of those supporters said they only “somewhat approved” of the Miami Republican, leaving him with a softer approval rating than Scott or Trump.
AIF surveyed 800 likely Republican voters who had voted in at least one of the last three Republican primaries, but not the presidential preference in 2016. The group said 81 percent of those polled were over 50 years old and 90 percent were white.
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Pam Bondi still a rock star with Florida’s GOP voters, new AIF poll shows

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Florida’s top lawmakers and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are struggling with low name identification among likely Republican voters, but that isn’t the case for Attorney General Pam Bondi according to a new poll from statewide business advocate Associated Industries of Florida.
The AIF poll of likely Republican voters obtained by Florida Politics found that 54 percent approve of the job the second-term Attorney General is doing, while just 12 percent have an unfavorable view and 17 percent said they had no opinion.
Among Florida’s top elected Republicans, Bondi’s ratings only trailed Gov. Rick Scott, who had a net 67 percent approval rating, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who netted 57 percent approval.

Putnam, who is considered an early frontrunner to take over for Scott, scored 38 percent approval from the same crowd, with 3 percent voicing disapproval and 20 percent saying they had no opinion.
Putnam did come out on top in the mock ballot test for the Republican primary for Florida governor with 22 percent support, though 71 percent said they were undecided. The next highest vote-getter was House Speaker Richard Corcoran with 4 percent support.
AIF also tested the waters for the cabinet positions opening up in 2018, though each scenario featured “undecided” winning over 80 percent of the vote.
In other words, “there’s no news here,” notes Ryan Tyson, Vice President of Political Operations for AIF.
The low level of support for Corcoran likely stems from the fact only 44 percent 0f those polled knew who he was. Of those, 16 percent said approved of the job he was doing, while 4 percent disapproved and 24 percent had no opinion.
Senate President Joe Negron and Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala had even lower name ID than the House Speaker, with just 41 percent and 25 percent recognizing their names, respectively.
Still, both enjoyed relative approval from the Republican

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Adam Putnam’s PAC adds another $500K in February

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised more than $500,000 for his political committee in the first half of February according to a newly updated financial report.
The committee, Florida Grown, brought in about $200,000 of its $538,000 haul from the Associated Industries of Florida and one of its related political committees. Another $100,000 came from Vero Beach businessman Robert Stork, and Disney chipped in another $50,000 on February 1.
February’s running total has already eclipsed January’s numbers, which saw the Polk County Republican add just over $400,000 to its coffers.
Those numbers were boosted by a $250,000 check from Florida Power and Light and $100,000 from Disney.
Most expenditures this month have been for payroll and office services, though the committee did shell out $82,000 to Lakeland-based Silloh Consulting on the first of the month.
Florida Grown finished January with about $4.7 million on hand, and through the first two weeks of February, that total looks to have breached the $5 million mark.
Putnam, a former congressman, is currently serving his second and final term as Agriculture Commissioner, though he is thought to be eyeing a run for governor in 2018.
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Florida Hispanic voters give Hillary Clinton 24 point lead, Marco Rubio 9 points

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Florida’s Hispanic voters are solidly behind Hillary Clinton, especially non-Republican voters, and less solidly behind Florida’s Hispanic Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new poll conducted by Associated Industries of Florida.
The survey, of 600 likely Hispanic voters, with 53 percent of them interviewed in Spanish, gives Clinton, Rubio and his Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy strong favorable indexes and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump strong unfavorable index.
Overall, 54 percent of Hispanic voters are ready to vote for Clinton and 30 percent are ready to vote for Trump. In addition, there is a much larger portion of Republican voters who are undecided: 14 percent, to 7 percent of Democrats. Clinton has 75 percent of Democrats and Trump has 63 percent of Republicans. Independent and third-party voters prefer Clinton 61 percent to 20 percent.
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is pulling 5 percent overall, mostly from the independent and third-party voters. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is pulling 2 percent overall, mostly from Democrats.
Clinton is winning all the age groups handily. The only age group that is relatively close is Hispanic voters 65 or older: 49 percent prefer Clinton and 39 percent prefer Trump.
Rubio’s lead is built both among Republicans and independent and third-arty voters. He has 83 percent of Republican Hispanics and 44 percent of independents, while Murphy draws 60 percent of Democrats. There are large numbers of undecided Democrats and independents in the U.S. Senate race, while almost all Republicans are decided.
The survey pool was picked to represent a party makeup that falls somewhere between the Hispanic voter turnouts of 2008 and 2012 and the current voter registration. In other words, today’s voter registration totals show a far larger number of independent or third-party Hispanic voters than showed up at either of the last two elections, and the

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AIF analysis shows Democrats are catching up in vote-by-mail requests — but will they vote?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

A detailed analysis of requests for mail-in ballots in Florida for the Nov. 8 general election shows Democrats are getting more proficient at getting their voters to request such ballots but still trail Republicans, especially among “super voters.”
The analysis, done by Associated Industries of Florida, finds that so far this election, 2.66 million mail ballots [formerly known as absentee ballots] have been requested, with 1.12 million requested by registered Republicans, 1.02 million requested by registered Democrats, and the rest by independent or third-party voters.
Wednesday is the day at least 40 counties across the state kick off their general election by dropping mail ballots. More mail-in ballots will yet be requested, so the numbers will change.
The Republican advantage in mail-in ballots has shrunk compared to previous elections. Now Republicans are requesting about 42.3 percent of the mail ballots and Democrats about 38.4 percent. But those Democrats this year include much larger numbers of voters who have never, rarely, or only occasionally voted, while those Republicans include much larger numbers of people who usually or always vote. So, it remains unclear how many of the Democrats’ mail-in votes will actually be cast, while Republicans should feel more confident, the AIF analysis shows.
The AIF also suggests both parties are essentially cannibalizing early and Election Day voter totals by getting those people to vote by mail this time. According to the analysis, 29 percent of those Republicans who sought mail ballots this year either voted early or on Election Day in the 2012 presidential election. For the Democrats, the switch was 31 percent.
In the past four elections, Republicans have dominated mail-in voting, while in three of those Democrats have dominated early voting. As for Election Day voting, Democrats were more common at polling places in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and Republicans in the 2010 and 2014 off-year elections.

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