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Poll: Floridians back transgender bathrooms, oppose ‘travel ban’ from Muslim countries

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A poll released Monday by the University of North Florida shows that more Florida voters favor transgender bathroom rights than President Donald Trump‘s controversial “travel ban” from seven majority-Muslim countries. The UNF poll shows that 62 percent of registered Florida voters would have no issue using the same bathroom as a transgender person; 47 percent of those surveyed strongly disagreed with the idea of being uncomfortable using the same bathroom as a transgender person. Of those surveyed, 79 percent don’t think transgender…

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Bill Nelson holds early lead over Rick Scott (44%-38%) in U.S. Senate race

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A poll released Monday from the University of North Florida shows Sen. Bill Nelson ahead of Gov. Rick Scott in a hypothetical match-up for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. Meanwhile, the favorability ratings of both Sen. Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump are both underwater. Nelson is up by six points (44 percent to 38 percent) over Scott, with 12 percent undecided. Nelson’s personal favorability is +14 (42 percent approval, against 28 percent disapproval). Scott’s is + 6, with 46 percent of those surveyed approve of Scott, and 40 percent…

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Poll finds Florida voters are against campus carry and corporate tax cuts

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Florida voters don’t want changes to gun laws and are against plans to cut corporate tax rates according to a new poll released Thursday by the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Laboratory. The poll, which surveyed nearly 1,000 voters, found 63 percent of respondents were against proposed legislation to allow concealed handguns on college campuses, with nearly half of those polled saying they “strongly opposed” the measure. “If the legislature is paying attention to public opinion, this signals…

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UNF poll: In two-way race, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump too close to call

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A University of North Florida poll released Thursday shows the race too close to call between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The two-way number has Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 44 percent, with a margin of error of 3.39 percent. In a four-way race including Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, Clinton barely outperforms that margin of error. Clinton leads the four-way with 43 percent, followed by Trump at 39 percent, Johnson at 6 percent, and Stein at 2 percent; 9 percent…

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Poll shows medical marijuana amendment at 73% support

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A University of North Florida poll released Thursday shows Amendment 2 is looking poised to pass. The survey, from the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab, indicates the medical marijuana amendment is now drawing 73 percent support. That’s down from 77 percent in a similar poll taken a few weeks back. Polling was conducted via live phone calls from Oct. 20-25. Lab director Dr. Michael Binder says that despite this slight attrition in support, Amendment 2 likely will carry. “This is down…

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The Salt Shaker Test return to evaluate a pair of UNF polls

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The saltshaker is back. Due mostly to a hectic schedule, we put the Florida Politics saltshaker on a brief hiatus. But, as polling season heats up (Did it ever really cool down?) and actual voting isn’t that far off, it’s now time to break it out of the cupboard and take a look at the two most recent Florida polls. The University of North Florida recently released its findings from two statewide polls, one of Republicans and one of Democrats,…

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Matt Corrigan on Jeb Bush: “I think he’ll fight to the end”

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Reports of Jeb Bush’s demise are premature, says the man who wrote the book on his tenure as Florida governor. “As someone who has written about him, what I will say is, he is not a quitter. He is a fierce competitor. I think he’ll fight to the end,” author and University of North Florida professor Matt Corrigan said Thursday. Corrigan’s “Conservative Hurricane“ is a well-regarded look at Bush’s time in Tallahassee. He concedes that after Wednesday night’s CNBC debate,…

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