Andrew Gillum Builds Lead Over Ron DeSantis in New Poll Thanks to Independents
Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis
A new poll shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, holds the lead over former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in Florida.
Rasmussen Reports released a poll of likely voters which shows Gillum taking 48 percent followed by DeSantis with 42 percent. While 8 percent are undecided, 2 percent back other candidates. Gillum is also ahead with voters who say they are certain to vote 49 percent to 44 percent.
Both candidates have nailed down their party base with 82 percent of Democrats behind Gillum and 80 percent of Republicans supporting DeSantis. Voters outside the major parties break for Gillum as the Democrat takes 54 percent of them and DeSantis pulls 29 percent of these voters.
White voters are generally divided with DeSantis holding a 46-45 edge but Gillum gets 75 percent of black voters. Hispanics are for DeSantis 48 percent to 37 percent.
Gillum leads with women, voters under 40 and seniors. DeSantis is ahead with men and voters between 40 and 64.
Half of those surveyed–50 percent–see Gillum as favorable while 36 percent see him as unfavorable. DeSantis is seen as favorable by 45 percent while 42 percent see him unfavorably.