Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 9.15.17 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
The research and messaging wizards at Sachs Media Group’s Breakthrough Research division have come up a with fascinating instant snapshot of what Floridians have been thinking before and after Hurricane Irma ravaged our state. They conducted a survey of 450 Florida voters – at least, those who had enough power and/or internet access to take a survey by email – on Thursday, and the results suggests our friends and neighbors felt adequately prepared and are content with their choices, whether they opted to evacuate or stay in place.
Most of us, it seems, felt reasonably ready as Irma approached. When asked how well prepared they felt heading into the storm’s arrival, 38% said they felt “very well” prepared, which another 56% said they were somewhat or fairly well prepared. Only 6% said they weren’t well prepared, even though it looked like Irma was going to be a monster the likes of which Florida had never seen.
Even though they felt ready, many Floridians agree they faced challenges finding essential supplies. More than half (53%) said they had trouble finding gasoline, while 46% had difficulty stocking up on water and 31% had difficulties securing batteries. Despite countless pictures of empty retail store shelves, more than 1 in 4 people said they didn’t have any trouble finding a list of essential emergency supplies that also included plywood, generators, and canned food.
Finally, the Sachs Media team asked how happy individuals were with their choice to evacuate or stay put. The large majority – 65% – were happy with their choice to stay home, while only 5% regretted that decision. At the same time, 26% were satisfied with their decision to evacuate,