Progressive New FL Majority group polls members, climate justice is top concern

Elizabeth Warren. Mitch Perry photo

The Florida Democratic presidential primary will take place exactly eight months from today – a veritable lifetime away in American politics. But with the next debates scheduled in just two weeks, party activists are definitely paying attention.

Take the New Florida Majority, a statewide progressive group that bills itself as dedicated to increasing the voting and political power of marginalized and excluded communities of Florida.

The group recently conducted a poll of its members, and it shows that Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is their early favorite for president. More than half of those surveyed identified as black, Latino or other non-white voters (59 percent) and a large majority – 65 percent – identified as women.

In an online survey of 512 people who are part of the organization’s base of support taken between June 28 and July 12, Warren received 28 percent. California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was next with 25 percent, followed by Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at 19 percent.

The top issue among the membership is climate justice, coming in at 24 percent. Health care was next at 19 percent, and education third at 10 percent.

“Our priority is to lift up the voices and power of marginalized communities, and this survey is the first step of many we will take to make sure every day Floridians get a chance to express the issues they care about and what they think about the candidates,” said Dwight Bullard, group’s political director. “The results tell us that women and people of color are ready to elect candidates with a bolder vision of the country. Women candidates continue to overperform among communities of color, especially our black community.”

“Our survey shows that the democratic nomination is open game right now. The person who wins support will be the one who provides the most progressive solutions with the clearest connections to our communities,” added Andrea Mercado, executive director of the New Florida Majority.

Florida’s presidential primary election takes place on March 17, 2020.

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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