The Florida Chamber of Commerce released new poll results that show Republican candidates doing well in statewide elections, but many of the constitutional amendments not seeing the same success.
Gov. Rick Scott was predicted to win over incumbent Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate, but only by 3 percentage points — within the plus-or-minus 4 point margin of error. A total of 605 voters were polled via phone statewide by a company called Cherry Communications. The Chamber did not release the poll questions.
In a separate poll, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is shown to prevail over his Republican primary opponent Rep. Ron DeSantis for governor, by 17 points (32 to 15), with nearly half of Republican voters still undecided. The margin of error for that poll was 5.3 points.
It's important to note the Chamber has endorsed Putnam and Scott, has spent money on a pro-Scott ad.
More generally, voters who were polled said that jobs/the economy ranks as their top issue this election, with education following very close behind. Gun issues, immigration and health care were all ranked lower.
Of the 13 amendments to the state constitution on the ballot this year, only four showed enough support to pass so far: Amendment 1 (expands the homestead exemption in property taxes), Amendment 3 (gives voters, not the Legislature, the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling in Florida), Amendment 7 (first responder and military benefits) and Amendment 8 (school board term limits and expanded state powers to establish local schools outside a school board's control).
One that doesn't show enough support is Amendment 4, a potential political game-changer which would restore the right to vote to an estimated 1.5 million convicted felons in Florida — excluding people who were convicted of murder or felony sex crimes. But a whopping 43 percent of respondents said they were "unsure" about this amendment, showing that there is still a long way to go before November.