“Unsure” leads new GOP Florida Senate poll with David Jolly next at 11.9%

Rep. David Jolly

Speculation still has it that there could be more candidates to enter the Florida U.S. Senate race, and a new survey of that race out on Wednesday from St. Leo University Polling Institute shows why that scenario persists.

A majority of  voters surveyed – 56.5 percent – say they are unsure who they prefer in the race, which doesn’t go before voters until the end of August of 2016.

Next on the list is Pinellas County U.S. Rep. David Jolly at 11.6 percent. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is next at 8.2 percent. Former CIA contractor Todd Wilcox is tied with “someone else” at 6.8 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is at 6.1 percent, and Ilya Katz is at 4.1 percent.

On the Democratic side, there are slightly less people unsure, but still the vast majority – at 46.9 percent.

Next up is Jupiter U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy at 16.9 percent. Alan Grayson is at 7.1 percent, which St. Leo’s says is essentially tied with “someone else,” which comes in at 7.7 percent.

Lateresa Jones is at 6.3 percent, and Pam Keith gets 4.4 percent.

St. Leo’s University Polling Institute polled 531 adults in Florida. 147 were Republicans, and 160 Democrats. The margin of error is plus or minus 8 percent with Republicans, and 7.5 percent with Democrats. The survey was conducted Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2015.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was 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 and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704