Poll: Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis, Scott and Nelson neck-and-neck

The poll of 2,000 Floridians shows Gillum ahead of DeSantis by seven percentage points.
Published Sept. 19, 2018

A new poll released Wednesday shows Andrew Gillum ahead of Ron DeSantis by seven percentage points in the race for governor, while the U.S. Senate race is still in a dead heat.

The poll was conducted by Thompson Reuters, Ipsos and the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and it surveyed 2,000 adult Floridians online, with a 2.5 percent "credibility interval."

According to the poll, 42 percent of respondents said they would vote for Gillum, the Democratic nominee, while 35 percent chose DeSantis, the Republican.

Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson received 38 and 36 percent, respectively, showing a possible edge for Scott but still a very tight race.

Notably, respondents also tended to disapprove more often than approve of the job by President Trump, with 42 percent saying they either "strongly approve" or "somewhat approve" of his performance, while 48 percent said they either "strongly disapprove" or "somewhat disapprove."

The top issues on respondents' minds when it came to their votes were, in order: immigration, the economy, healthcare and Social Security.