President Donald Trump is not in good shape in Florida–but neither are most of the Democrats who want to take him on in 2020, a new poll shows.
Quinnipiac University released a poll on Thursday showing 51 percent of Florida voters say they will definitely not vote for Trump in 2020 while 31 percent definitely will voting for him and 14 percent will consider voting for the president. Trump has the support of 75 percent of Republicans but voters outside the major parties are a concern with 49 percent of them saying they definitely won’t vote for him, 21 percent definitely voting for him and 24 percent would consider voting for the president.
A majority of those surveyed–53 percent–disapprove of Trump while 41 percent approve of him. There’s a major gender gap in Florida as 59 percent of women disapprove of Trump while 35 percent approve of him. Men are evenly divided with 47 percent approving of Trump and the same percentage disapproving of him. Slightly more than half of those surveyed–52 percent–see Trump as unfavorable while 40 percent of Florida voters approve of him.
But don’t count Trump out in Florida–especially as most of Democrats in the race are also upside down in the Sunshine State.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden is the one exception to that with 49 percent of Florida voters viewing him as favorable while 35 percent see him unfavorably. As he draws near to entering the primary contest, Biden is in strong shape with Florida Democrats with 78 percent of them seeing him as favorable while 8 percent view him unfavorably.
Other Democrats are upside down in Florida though they are in decent shape with their own party. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is view as unfavorable by 49 percent while 37 percent see him favorably though 61 percent of Florida Democrats see him as favorable while 26 percent view him unfavorably. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is also upside down with 44 percent of Florida voters seeing her as unfavorable while a quarter–26 percent–see her in a favorable light. A slight majority of Florida Democrats–54 percent–see her as favorable while 16 percent view her as unfavorable.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is seen as unfavorable by 30 percent of Florida voters while 23 percent view her favorably. Harris though does well with Florida Democrats as 48 percent of them see her in a favorable light and only 4 percent view her as unfavorable. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, is viewed as favorable by 20 percent of Florida voters while 30 percent see him unfavorably. Booker is seen as favorable by 38 percent of Florida Democrats while 8 percent of them view him unfavorably.
Other Democratic candidates in the field–including former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., who entered the race on Thursday–are largely unknown to most Florida voters. A majority of Florida voters–56 percent–don’t know enough O’Rourke to have an opinion of him. Two-thirds of those surveyed–67 percent–of Florida voters don’t know enough to have an opinion of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, while 72 percent don’t know enough to have an opinion of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Two Western Democrats are the most unknown candidates with 85 percent of Florida voters not sure about former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Col., and 90 percent not knowing enough about Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.
Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said the poll shows Biden in good shape in Florida.
“As he ponders a final decision on running for president, former Vice President Joseph Biden is getting some good news from the nation’s most important voters,” Brown said on Thursday. “Biden scores best by a mile when Florida voters are asked to rate their feelings about various Democratic presidential candidates.
“Florida voters have been the key to winning the Electoral College in several presidential elections,” Brown added. “Biden has a healthy 49 – 35 percent favorability rating, the only potential candidate with more voters viewing him favorably than not. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are about as well-known as Biden, but they are both viewed negatively overall. And among younger less well-known aspirants, none has an overall positive rating.”
The poll of 1,058 Florida voters was taken from March 6 through March 11 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.
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