Andrew Gillum takes nine-point lead in latest gubernatorial poll

Andrew Gillum & Ron DeSantis
Andrew Gillum & Ron DeSantis

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum continues to lead former Congressman Ron DeSantis in the race for governor of Florida.

A new Quinnipiac poll out today has the Democrat with a 54 percent approval over to 45 percent for DeSantis. over his GOP opponent. That’s a four-point increase for Gillum over DeSantis from a similar poll conducted by Quinnipiac just three weeks ago.

Gillum has significant support among women and independent voters in the new poll. Fifty-nine percent of women polled preferred Gillum, compared to 39 percent who approved of DeSantis. Among independents, Gillum has a 16-point lead, 56 percent to 40 percent.

The survey of 888 likely Florida voters was conducted between September 20-24, with a margin of error of 4 points.

Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown says that DeSantis appears to be outspending Gillum on television advertising “by a sizable amount, usually a sign of a winning campaign.”

“Yet, all these TV ads don’t seem to be helping DeSantis’ campaign,” he says, adding that they “are airing at the same time his favorability numbers are sinking and Mayor Gillum’s are rising.”

In point of fact, Gillum as a 55 percent favorability rating among those voters polled, while DeSantis is only looked at favorably by 42 percent of those polled.

Some of those recent television ads depict Gillum as being too radical for Florida.The poll says that 39 percent of Florida voters believe Gillum is too liberal, while 54 percent say he is neither too liberal nor too conservative.

An equal amount – 39 percent – say that DeSantis is too conservative, while 52 percent say he is neither too liberal nor too conservative.



Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.



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