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Donald Trump at 47%, Hillary Clinton at 45%, says new poll tied to Rick Scott’s committee

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Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in Florida, 47 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided, in a new OnMessage poll released on Monday. The group is tied to Rick Scott’s PAC, Let’s Get to Work, and appears to skew more conservative than similar polls.

Both candidates are underwater in terms of their personal approval ratings, with Trump at 43/54 percent, and Clinton 42/55 percent.

The survey is a rare one in Florida that shows Rick Scott with a positive approval rating – in this case, 51 percent, vs. 44 percent who disapprove of his performance in office.

When asked if they were leaning towards supporting a Republican or a Democrat for congress this year, 43 percent of Floridians chose a Republican, 40 percent a Democrat, and 18 percent were undecided.

The survey also asked Floridians if they agreed with a recent White House directive to all public schools that they must allow students who identify as transgender to use the bathroom they want. A majority – 58 percent, said they disagreed with the policy, with only 35 percent supporting it.

Regarding issues, the economy was uber alles. Thirty-one percent said it was the economy, with no other single issue generating more than 8 percent support.

The survey was of 800 likely voters was conducted by On Message betweenJune 26-28 2016. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.46.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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