A new poll shows Gov. Rick Scott in good shape to take on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in November and poised to crush his opposition in the GOP primary on Tuesday.
Gravis released a poll at the end of last week which shows Scott doing well with Florida voters.
Half of those surveyed–51 percent–approve of Scott while 42 percent disapprove of him and 8 percent are not sure.
The same poll shows Nelson above water but not by as much as Scott is with 45 percent approving of the senator while 41 percent disapprove of him and 13 percent are not sure.
Scott gets better marks from Florida voters than his fellow Republicans do. While he carried Florida in 2016, President Donald Trump is treading water in the Sunshine State with 48 percent approving of him, the same percentage of voters disapproving him and 4 percent uncertain about him. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is upside down in the poll with 47 percent disapproving of him, 42 percent approving of him and 13 percent uncertain of him.
Looking ahead to the primary on Tuesday, Scott looks poised to claim a big win. The poll shows 73 percent of likely Florida Republican primary voters backing Scott. Only 12 percent are for businessman Rocky de la Fuente, the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 and who has run in several U.S. Senate races across the country this year without any success. Fifteen percent of likely Republican primary voters are undecided.
The poll of 723 likely voters in Florida was taken from August 21-August 22 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent. The sample of 321 likely Republican primary voters was taken from August 21-August 22 and had a margin of error of +/- 5.5 percent.