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Bill Nelson, Rick Scott Neck and Neck in New UNF Poll

October 30, 2018 - 10:15am
Bill Nelson and Rick Scott
Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Gov. Rick Scott are running close in the final days of the campaign in one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate races in the country. 

The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida (UNF) released a poll of likely voters on Tuesday which shows a very close race as Nelson takes 47 percent with Scott right on his heels with 46 percent while 7 percent remain undecided. 

Scott has the backing of 86 percent of Republicans while Nelson has the support of 81 percent of Democrats. Nelson gets 9 percent of Republicans while Scott takes 10 percent of Democrats. Nelson leads with voters outside the major parties 53 percent to 36 percent.

Dr. Michael Binder, the faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF, said the race will come down to the undecided voters.

“The Senate race with Nelson and Scott is neck and neck, and the few remaining undecided voters are going to play a pivotal role in the outcome,” Binder said on Tuesday. 

President Donald Trump, who carried Florida in 2016, is upside down in the poll with 51 percent of those surveyed disapproving of him and 45 percent approving of him with 86 percent of Democrats disapproving of him and 84 percent of Republicans approving him. A majority of voters outside the major parties--57 percent--disapprove of Trump while 36 percent of them approve of him. Trump is scheduled to appear at a rally in Fort Myers on Wednesday night and another one in Pensacola on Saturday. 

The poll of 1,051 likely voters was taken from Oct. 23 through Oct. 26 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. 

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Don't be fooled by the Repub scare tactics and sky is falling rhetoric. Also, do not have any illusions that Gillum and/or Nelson would get all of his radical left agenda passed through the legislature either. However, what Gillum and Nelson are ideal for is preventing the mess we have now of one party rule. Where they have deregulated everything from water testing and funding to insurance rates. You wonder why insurance is so high? Rick Scott and his cronies promptly deregulated the insurance industry in FL right after Obamacare passed, so their buddies in the insurance lobby could raise rates without state approval or oversight, and then they can blame it on Obamacare. Don't believe me? Look it up for yourself. The best thing about Gillum as Gov. is a check and balance on the Repub leadership to stop elimination of pre-existing conditions, water safety funding., etc. It is long overdue to end one party rule in this state and its disasterous effects. There will be no far left agenda or California scare tactics as the dumb Repubs would have you believe, only some good ol' checks and balances for a change. If nothing else, vote for that people... Vote Blue!

Don't make Florida California! Vote RED! Back the Blue! No State Income Tax! No Sanctuary cities! NO DEMOCRATS!

Thankfully the president is coming to campaign and bring out the Democrats. His rallies will be a horror show in time for Halloween. You cannot build the wall out of mud you sling. All Trump has to offer is hate and selfishness, and the always calculating Rick Scott is going to get splattered by it.

BILL NELSON and Socialist ANDREW GILLUM are running for Senate & Governor respectively. Nelson / Gillum both proudly supports abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, using taxpayer funds for illegal aliens & DACA. In addition, both are weak on border security and national defense. If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, amnesty r Please VOTE NO for BILL NELSON & ANDREW GILLUM this November....we can't afford anymore Democrats. Both supported by both La Raza & MALDEF which says it all. Vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens (bet you thought that was a given ...not anymore.) Those candidates who oppose sanctuary cities, open borders, non citizens voting, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts. That means NO Democrats. Recent Gallup poll- almost 60% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010 survey. To Democrats programs like (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA) and (Temporary Protective Status, TPS.) are permanent programs. There is nothing temporary about these programs to the left. The goal for Democrats is to flood/lure the country with illegal aliens & refugees, then fight against / eliminate deportations. Democrats want to encourage, reward, protect illegal aliens with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships, then after they're here....protect them from deportation. This creates MORE illegal entry and the Democrats know this. The current migration at our southern border is costing taxpayers a Kings Ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don't stay in Mexico when they reach "safety" or ask for political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats and our tax dollars. Just debating DACA in congress is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars..... thank the parents. Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us. *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens. *Taxpayers in numerous states are funding in state college tuition discounts for illegal aliens. Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually. *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math. *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system. I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY. *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches. If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, non citizens voting, open borders, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, weak border security, tax increases. VOTE NO for ALL Democrats this November.

I couldn't have said it any better! Thank you!

If Gillum is a "socialist" ... then doesn't it stand to reason, by comparison, that DeSantis is a fascist? (Can you even define "socialist" and "fascist"? I doubt it!)

And putting out lies like this and you wonder why you are losing!!…………….You ignore Obama got rid of more illegals and they were criminals...…………...Unlike Trump arresting people ho are here legally has clogged up the courts because they have good cases...………….The result is the few actual criminals are not being deported like Obama did. ………….Way to go you idiots...………..One has to note nothing was mentioned in how much taxes these people pay as most are hard working family people, many with US children and almost all are far better people than you are...………...And let's remember most of them are North American natives with far more rights here than you...…...

No more Red Tide Rick...

And what did Bill Nelson do all the years he's been in office with Red Tide? Waiting... NOTHING!

If you knew anything about politics, and it is clear you don't, as you buy those goofy commercials hook, line and dufus sinker, you'd know that a Senator in the minority party cannot do anything with Repub support. The Dems proposed 23 bills on water safety since 2008, not one of them made it out of the Repub led committees... The Repubs have been in power in this state for 20 years, and they have done nothing but make Red Tide worse. Your welcome for your FL political history lesson. I guess that whole 91% uneducated thing supporting Repubs is really true...

MILLIONS & MILLIONS of tax eating illegal aliens & sanctuary city activists in Florida and through out the country applaud you'r stupidity LOL. https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers?fbclid=IwAR2wnqb0LGLtrXyCoZkUJNKNRHigra-GHppYdvN_vQCe0vIcmmd4JmSlt-Q

Do you know how many AMERICAN CITIZENS currently participate in some amount of welfare assistance? That number is between 55 million and 60 million ... and the vast majority of them are WHITE!

Red Tide Rick ..trying last minute Hail Mary passes.. This time folks vote your interests not your party vote for clean water ... ..and send a payback message for eight years of environmental disasters caused by Red tide Rick,, Vote Nelson..

Scott spent millions before Nelson even started advertising and outspent him since yet can't even get ahead!!……………..It just goes to show everyone but deplorables just doesn't like Scott, DeSantis or Trump!!.

Wrong. Still believe polls huh LOL

Yes I do as they were last time or do you forget Hilary got 3 million more votes than Trump...………..And this time the undervote is dems and independent, women, etc going heavily dems.………….See you on the 6th. ..…….. ;^).

Save Florida! Vote Blue!

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