Crist receives 49% of vote, while poll shows lack of support for incumbent Florida Cabinet members
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Nearly half of voters participating in a University of South Florida campus straw poll on Tuesday favor Democrat Charlie Crist’s bid for governor, while incumbent Republican Rick Scott received 29% of the vote.
In addition, voters favor unseating current Florida Cabinet members Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater and Adam Putnam. George Sheldon received 50% of the votes to Bondi’s 37% in the race for Attorney General. William Rankin saw 55% to current Chief Financial Officer Atwater’s 45%. Thaddeus Hamilton edged out Adam Putnam in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture, 44% to 42%.
Meanwhile, a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Florida is supported by 70% of voters.
A total of 1,096 ballots were cast in the straw poll, held at five locations around campus. Of those voters, 977 (92%) were students, while faculty and staff made up the remaining votes. Participants were 53% female, 52% listed themselves as White/Caucasian, 14% Black/African-American and 19% Hispanic/Latino. 37% indicated they are Democrats, 22% Republicans and 29% No Party Affiliation.
USF Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan MacManus, along with the USF chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the USF Honors College and USF Student Government conducted the straw poll. USF is the only Florida university that facilitates this event each election year.
The results on major questions in the straw poll were:
Rick Scott 29%
Charlie Crist 49%
Adrian Wyllie 8%
Pam Bondi 37%
George Sheldon 50%
Bill Wohlsifer 13%
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Atwater 45%
William Rankin 55%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Adam Putnam 42%
Thaddeus Hamilton 44%
Jeffery Obos 13%
Don’t Know 28%
Don’t Know 11%
Don’t Know 51%
Which of the following issues is most important to you in selecting who to vote for in 2014?
-Health Care 15%
-Foreign Policy 5%
Where are you getting most of your campaign news from?
-Social Media 31%
-E-mails from campaigns 3%
-Newspapers (print, online, or apps) 23%