Bill Nelson leading Rick Scott by 4 points in latest poll

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The turnaround may be real for incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as he is leading Republican challenger Rick Scott in yet another poll.

The newest Public Policy Polling survey puts Nelson up 4 points against Scott, the outgoing Florida Governor.

Nelson grabbed 48 percent while Scott earned 44 percent. A total of 9 percent say they remain undecided.

The survey sampled 779 registered voters Sept. 28-30.

Nelson also earned better favorable numbers than Scott, though both were underwater.

The incumbent pulled in 41 percent approval while 44 percent of voters disapproved of his performance. Just 39 percent approved of Gov. Scott’s performance, while 51 percent disapproved.

Majorities of voters also said they “trust Democrats and Bill Nelson more” on the issues of Medicare and health care generally.

According to polls aggregated by RealClearPolitics, Scott led or was tied in the vast majority of polls conducted from May until early September. Recently, however, Nelson has turned it around with leads in several consecutive surveys.

FiveThirtyEight still pegs it as a close race, though sees it “leaning” toward the Democrats.

Meanwhile, Scott is attempting to regain ground with a new ad appealing to Hispanics and Democrats released earlier Monday morning.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].


  • Bernie

    October 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    The increasing puertorican community in Florida will decide the elections for Senate and eventually for the President in that state.

  • Ron Mills

    October 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I beg to differ with Bernie, yes the Puto Rican Votes are important and will help Nelson somewhat what is going to bring the Blue Wave to Florida, is the Independent educated white women and younger voters and: minorities ie: Black and all Hispanics

    • DrCroland

      October 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Awesome! Florida has had enough of Rick Scott.

      • Kaye

        October 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm

        Florida has had enough of Bill Nelson.
        Why continue voting for a geriatric no show? I am a registered Democrat and never in my life have I been so ashamed of the entire party!

        • DrCroland

          October 4, 2018 at 12:44 am

          Excuse me, but I would much rather have a “geriatric no-show” as you so crudely put it, than a corrupt criminal who became rich by defrauding Medicare, denied healthcare coverage to millions of Floridians, presides over a privatized prison system with record numbers of unexplained deaths, and has allowed our waterways and beaches to become polluted with green slime and dead marine life. But that’s just me I guess. By the way are you telling us the truth about your being a registered Democrat? If so, I think you are very confused.

  • Jeff Collins

    October 1, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    To vote for president, I needed nose plugs, now for Senate I need a barf bag for either one.

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