New poll shows Debbie Wasserman Schultz crushing Tim Canova in CD 23 Democratic primary
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Despite the excitement insurgent Democrat Tim Canova has inspired nationally in his quest to defeat Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, a new internal poll shows the incumbent crushing Canova by 33 percentage points, 59 percent to 26 percent, with 15 percent undecided.

The survey of 400 likely primary voters was conducted by Global Strategy Group on July 31 and Aug. 1.  It was commissioned by Patriot Majority PAC.

The poll shows the former DNC chair is familiar to 97 percent of those surveyed in the Miami-Dade/Broward County district, and 61 percent give her a favorable rating. Only 23 percent rate her unfavorably, with 13 percent neutral.

In comparison, only 28 percent gave Canova a favorable rating; 27 percent were neutral, and 10 percent were undecided (the information provided does not list where the other 35 percent stand).

The poll stands in strong contrast to an internal survey Canova released July 31 that showed him “within striking distance,” down by just eight percentage points.

Canova is a law professor at Nova Southeastern University who has raised millions of dollars nationwide, in part by deriding Wasserman Schultz as insufficiently progressive on a number of issues. He’s been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and has tapped into the Vermont Senator’s anti-establishment appeal.

But that appeal may not translate in Florida’s 23rd District.

According to the survey, three-quarters of this Democratic Primary electorate believes Wasserman Schultz “shares your values” (76 percent describes well) and a large majority say she is “willing to stand up to her own party to do what is right” (64 percent describes well). Very few think Wasserman Shultz “sides with special interests at the expense of South Florida families” (only 36 percent describes well), believes she “is not progressive enough on the issues” (only 35 percent describes well), or that she “is too close to Wall Street” (only 25 percent describes well).

Global Strategy Group conducted the survey with 400 likely 2016 Democratic Primary voters in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. The results have a margin of error of +/-4.9 percent.

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].


  • Mary Lewin

    August 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I have been phonebanking for Tim for days. I have talked to dozens of voters. Once they hear what Tim stands for they support in policies. The problem is many have never heard of him because DWS refuses to debate him. After months of Tim asking for debates, she agreed to one at 8:00 in morning. Won’t agree to anymore. Tim is fighting corporate media which is against him. What corporate media company are you with?
    I only have had one voter out of dozens say they were supporting her. Do the public a service and ask for more debates. That’s what the press used to stand for.

    • Christopher M. Kennard

      August 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Great suggestion. Keep the faith. Join your local FLORIDIANS FOR FREEDOM group listed on Facebook to provide the state constitutional right of adults over the age of twenty-one to possess, use and grow cannabis for personal use, on private property and within your own home in Florida. Sign a ballot inititative petition today which gives us the right to vote on our RIGHT OF ADULTS TO CANNABIS law, just as we are doing for the terminally ill and others who are covered under this year’s MEDICAL MARIJUANA AMENDMENT II ballot issue. Vote for both and join your local to national citizen’s movement for legal cannabis; universal single payer health care which includes cannabis cures for cancer and criminal justice and community police practices and policy reforms.

    • Christopher M. Kennard

      August 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Good suggestions. It does seem unbelievable to me that Debbie Wassermann-Schultz could still have people voting for her in light to how Debbie and DNC manipulated the last Florida governor’s election to prevent a real Democrat from winning (Debbie backed old friend and former republican governor “Chain Gang Charlie” Crist, also by denying public debates between the real Democratic candidate, Nan Rich, and the corporate sponsored candidate, in order that Rick Scott could remain in the governor’s office despite very poor performance and personal behavior over the prior four years. The Florida governor’s race was a practice run for the Presidential elections, denying public debates at the best times for the Voters to tune in and watch. She is doing the same with her own election against Tim Canova now. I hope she does not succeed. I am a registered Democratic Voter who will return back to my former “Independent” status, to work with Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and other good dedicated Americans who are going to clean out the corruption from our political system, expose and remove all corrupt politicians and keep America free, healthy and of, by and for the American People. This is the new people’s peaceful “political revolution” and Debbie Wassermann- Shultz will be removed from public office eventually. For all those who feel like giving up . . . please truly remember that we can only achieve the best results by hanging in there and doing our best. Please truly retain your faith . . . Karma is real . . . what you give is what you receive in the end. Be patient. Be the Best. Be Free and keep your Faith!!!

  • Lori

    August 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Florida voters can’t be dumb enough to re-elect a woman who shamed herself out of her party. Or can they?

  • Christopher M. Kennard

    August 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Regrettable. Debbie is owned by elements of the 1% super-wealthy who put Rick Scott back into the Florida governor’s office so the two of them can continue to work together for the “masters” they share who pay them well. I am sorry that Nan Rich lost in that election due to the Democratic Party not permitting public debates so voters could decide upon a real Democratic activist who had already won elections as a Democratic candidate but was pushed out of the way for former republican “Chain Gang Charlie” Crist to run. That was payback for the arrangement the Democratic Party and Republican Party made to keep throwing Florida citzens into prison for simple cannabis possession, use and growing their own at home. 5 years in prison for all of those young folks, black and Hispanic folks, and other groups designated for state persecution and discriminatory treatment in number of arrests, rough treatment, long sentences and of course, not being permitted any longer to Vote. Great Democrat y’all have in South Florida. No wonder so many of us are now leaving the party after the these corrupted primary elections are over on Aug. 30th, 2016.

  • David

    August 18, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Global Strategies is NOT even a ranked Poll (according to Even Polls with an “F Grade” are ranked. They self describe as a “Publican Relations” firm. In other words like Mitch Perry they are paid (info whores)!

  • Alia

    August 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Honestly DWS should be ashamed to even show her face. We need progressive leaders like Tim Canova, Pramilla Jayapal, Zephyr Teachout and more. I’m so sick of biased covering. If you support DWS then at least state it rather than giving the illusion that many people support DWS which is not the case by a long shot. Lately there has been a lack of journalism in the media and more “special favors” to help elevate people even if they are corrupt. This piece is no exception.

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