Constituents trump lobbyists, survey of legislative aides says

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Kevin Cate Communications (KCC) today released an infographic showing that 81.1% of Florida legislative aides believe that an in-person visit from a constituent is a “very effective” advocacy strategy compared with 27.3% for a visit from a lobbyist. KCC polled 52 legislative staff members securely through the internet for the report titled Communicating with the Florida Legislature.

“Genuine communication from constituents trumps all other advocacy strategies, especially messages highlighting the local or personal impact of legislation,” said Kevin Cate. “This poll shows that despite hyper-partisanship and the demands of fundraising, aides still believe that real people with compelling stories to tell hold the most persuasive influence in Tallahassee.”

View the full size infographic by clicking here.

78.9% of respondents identified their legislative member as a Republican, 21.1% as a Democrat. 42.1% of respondents had more than 8 years of experience as a legislative staff member.  42.1% were age 25-30 and 36.8% were older than 46 years old. Questions were modeled after the Congressional Management Foundation study Communicating with Congress.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.