Not to remind you too much of last night, but if Miami is going to win a major sports championship in the calendar year of 2014, our only hope remains -- gulp -- the Marlins. Oddly, a recent scientific survey by political polling firm Public Policy Polling reveals that a full 19 percent of Florid ... More >>
After almost 55 years, the tides of public perception are changing when it comes to the Cuban embargo. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of Floridians support ending the embargo. Only 22 percent supports keeping the embargo in place.
Need more proof that spending dump trucks full of cash can win elections in America? Take a look at Florida's percolating governor's race, where Rick Scott -- yes, the same guy who has had trouble cracking 30 percent approval ratings for the past four years -- has suddenly pulled even with likely ch ... More >>
Maybe this governor's race isn't totally over before it even began. Back in August, when Public Policy Polling asked Floridians whether they plan to vote for Charlie Crist or Rick Scott, Crist had a 12-point lead. Now, for its first poll in the new year, PPP has found Crist's lead has shrunk to just ... More >>
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is such a part of Miami-Dade's political firmament it's hard to imagine the moderate Republican losing her seat until she's ready to retire. But a new poll shows Ros-Lehtinen trailing a generic Democratic opponent by two points. Is this just a temporary manifestation of the ... More >>
According to Public Policy Polling (yes, the same people who do political polls), Florida's favorite NFL team is the Dolphins. The state's favorite college football team are the Florida Gators. And the state's favorite baseball team doesn't even play in Florida. Turns out the Atlanta Braves are twic ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, but with Alex Sink deciding to forgo another run, there's a good chance he'll be the Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. And, if this latest Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, there's a good chance he'll be governor onc ... More >>
Will Florida's path to legalizing same-sex marriage come through the courts? Equality Florida is currently seeking plaintiffs to join a suit that would challenge Florida's constitutional ban on any legal recognition of same-sex partner.
If Floridians went to the polls today, literally this very day, there's a pretty good chance at least 50 percent of voters in the state would support gay marriage. Unfortunately, that still wouldn't mean there'd be gay wedding chapels popping up in Wilton Manors and South Beach by the end of the yea ... More >>
As the Senate wrangles over a compromise immigration reform bill -- pushed in large part by our own Marco Rubio -- a new poll suggests a huge majority of Floridians are eager to see any path to citizenship opened for immigrants. The poll finds 71 percent of Floridians back the reform, including a ... More >>
Looks like the quintessential hipster beer skews down party lines. According to a new study by Public Policy Polling, Dems are more likely to think PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon, for newbies) is a "good beer" than their Republican counterparts (probably 'cuz they're used to Dom Perignon and shit). The po ... More >>
There are a lot of issues Democrats and Republicans differ on: abortion, Obamacare, Sarah Palin's IQ. But food? According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, party lines extend all the way to edibles. Released Wednesday, the national poll reveals American attitudes on everything from favorite m ... More >>
Another day, another poll that shows that while Marco Rubio is the clear early frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2016, he can't quite match up to Hillary Clinton in a general election yet.The latest poll from Public Policy Polling was only of Florida voters, and shows that Rubio would bea ... More >>
It's not exactly news that Republicans have such a deep politi-crush on Marco Rubio that they'd like nothing more than to make him their 2016 nominee. Once again, Public Policy Polling has found that he's Republicans top choice.However, PPP also ran a head-to-head poll matching up Rubio against Demo ... More >>
Who knew Fidel Castro and the Kardashians had anything in common?Turns out few things are actually less popular than the United State Congress right now. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling, Americans find head lice, Brussels sprouts, traffic jams and cockroaches more preferable than Congre ... More >>
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is unbelievably popular in his party. A full 62 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Rubio. Just 8 percent have an unfavorably opinion. That's a positive 54 point split. Perhaps some of that appeal comes from the increasingly common idea floating in Republic ... More >>
The latest polls released in the past few days really have not brought much clarity to the question of who exactly is in the lead in Florida. Two recent newspaper-commissioned polls show Mitt Romney with a sizable lead, but others show Barack Obama with a slim lead. Taken all together, we wouldn't b ... More >>
So who is going to win Florida? Don't ask the polls right now. Three major polls of Florida's electorate were completed over the weekend (just in time for early voting), and all three show President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a statistical tie in the Sunshine State.
If Barack Obama wants to win Florida and nab its vital 29 electoral votes, he's got some big-time work to do at tomorrow's debate. Two new polls out today find not only that Mitt Romney has gained five points in Florida since dominating in the first debate, but more worryingly for the prez that ... More >>
Anyone expecting Florida to swing for Obama after video leaked showing Mitt Romney heaping scorn on the "47 percent" -- filmed at the home of a Boca millionaire, no less -- obviously doesn't know the Sunshine State. We live to make national elections exciting!A statewide poll released last night by ... More >>
National polls are showing that President Barack Obama definitely sustained a significant post-convention bounce after last week's DNC, but what about ol' Mitt Romney? One would figure that by virtue of hosting the Republican National Convention right here in Florida, that the GOP candidate would at ... More >>
So, just in case Mitt Romney fails to deliver, Public Policy Polling decided to jump way ahead of things and conducted a poll asking Republican voters who they'd like to see as their candidate in 2016. Surprisingly, two politicians from Florida took the top two spots: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Rubio ... More >>
Charlie Crist's latest flirtation with the Democratic party may not please all Democratic officials in the state, but Florida's Democratic voters overwhelmingly want him to officially register as a Democrat. And although some theorize Crist may run against Rick Scott for governor in 2014, the Dems d ... More >>
The latest poll from Democrat-affiliated polling firm Public Policy Polling [PDF] shows Barack Obama with a teeny, tiny lead in Florida. It's 48-47 in favor of Obama, but since the race is so close Mitt Romney's choice of running mate could play a pivotal part of Florida's choice. Picking either Flo ... More >>
Floridians continue to hate Gov. Rick Scott. In fact, 56 presently disapprove of his job handling, while only 31 percent approve. Things as polarizing as the Miami Heat and gay marriage are actually more popular in the state right now. Public Policy Polling decided to just ask Floridians how they fe ... More >>
Barring any sort of crazy scandal or shakeup, you might as well refer to Rep. Connie Mack IV as the GOP's presumptive senate nominee in Florida. He continues to poll heads and tails above his Republican primary competitors (and is now refusing to show up to debates, as he's already considered himsel ... More >>
Florida is once again shaping up to be the biggest battleground of the 2012 election, and many election prognosticators have pointed out it's would be nearly impossible for President Barack Obama to win Florida and still lose the general election. Though a poll in May showed Mitt Romney with a six p ... More >>
Are you ready for your morning dose of statistical overload? Good, because Public Policy Polling just unleashed a wide-ranging poll of Floridians that somehow asks about Fidel Castro, Major League Baseball, and the Trayvon Martin case. Some interesting highlights: Ozzie Guillen is only slightly more ... More >>
As always, Florida will be a critical swing state in the 2012 election. According to the latest Public Policy Polling survey, President Barack Obama currently has a 5-point lead over Mitt Romney. So what could Romney do to improve his chances? Well, he certainly shouldn't take Sarah Palin's advice a ... More >>
Boy oh boy does everybody hate, hate, hate Rick Scott. Everybody! Well, more than seven in ten Florida voters can't stand the guy, at least, according to a new poll out this morning from the Public Policy Polling firm.Scott's 26 percent approval rating is so dismal, it got us at Riptide wondering ... More >>
Rep. Connie Mack IV has only been in the race for the GOP senate nomination for two days and he already has a monster lead. He's ahead of the rest of the field by double digits in one-on-one match ups, and seems to have a wide base of support among various strands of the Republican base.
Who's Florida's political golden boy? Well, based on all the fawning press and attention he's received, you might believe it's our first-time Republican Senator Marco Rubio. Well, apparently the honeymoon is coming to end. Now more Floridians disapprove of the way Rubio is handling his job than ... More >>
The Democratically aligned Public Policy Polling and the nonpartisan Quinnipiac University polling service have both shown that Rick Scott's approval ratings are about the worst of any governor in the nation. But some of Rick Scott's fervent supporters might be the type to doubt the accuracy of " ... More >>
Finally a political polling firm has decided to poll on something other than politics. Public Policy Polling surveyed Floridians on another contentious topic: sports. The poll shows LeBron James isn't exactly that popular in his new state, while Florida's favorite pro team is the Tampa Bay Bucc ... More >>
In its seemingly random sports poll released today, Public Policy Polling did sneak in a few poll questions about actual public policy. Though a majority of Americans now support gay marriage, Floridians aren't quite ready for it. Though, they do, by a large majority, support civil unions for s ... More >>
Fresh off of its Republican primary poll yesterday, Public Policy Polling, a democratically-aligned polling firm, has released new numbers showing that large numbers of Florida voters are less likely to vote for a Republican presidential candidate in 2012 thanks to the actions of Rick Scott. ... More >>
There's not many scenarios under which President Obama can win reelection in 2012 without winning Florida (especially considering we'll have two more electoral votes this time around). New numbers from Public Policy Polling show that while Obama is leading all Republican candidates right n ... More >>
Mitt Romney is the man to beat in Florida as the 2012 Republican primary horse race heats up. Romney holds a ten-point advantage over second place finishers Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Romney also benefits from incredibly low support for similar candidates like John Hunstman and Tim Paw ... More >>
Republicans are eager to claim incumbent Senator Bill Nelson's political scalp in the 2012 election, but no clear Republican candidate has emerged yet. State Rep. Adam Hasner, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach County, has started an exploratory committee but is little known around th ... More >>
After just a few months in office, Floridians have decided they aren't big fans of Rick Scott and his Tea Party-style politics. A new poll shows that 55 percent dislike the new governor, while only 32 percent like him. While Scott has never been Mr. Popular, those number have only worsened since ... More >>
Rick ScottRick Scott hasn't even taken office yet, but perhaps one of his first orders of business should be to get people to like him. Despite winning the election, not very many people actually like Scott. Only a third of Floridians view him favorably while a plurality views him unfavorably ... More >>
Florida just elected two far-right politicians as its next Governor and Senator, and now Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both houses of the state legislature. So, Barack Obama can kiss his chances of repeating his 2008 Florida win in 2012 goodbye, right? Well, not according to a new sur ... More >>
Despite much evidence in the 2010 election cycle to the contrary, Florida voters have not completely lost their damn minds. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that Rush Limbaugh does not have a chance of knocking off incumbent democratic senator Bill Nelson when he's up for reelection in ... More >>
A new poll by Public Policy Polling has Alex Sink up by five points over Rick Scott in the Governor's Race, with independents and self-described moderates seemingly lining up behind the Democrat. Still, with just a few weeks left in the campaign, 14 percent remain undecided.
An interesting poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated but usually accurate firm: If Kendrick Meek dropped out of the senate race, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio would be in a dead heat. If Crist dropped out, Rubio would have a seven point lead over Meek. Meek says he won't drop out ... More >>
Jeff Greene has used nearly $23 million of his own money trying to win the Democratic nomination for senator, and he's not even done spending. But tomorrow is Election Day, and two recent polls show Greene's candidacy is pretty much dead in the water.
Public Policy Polling, which usually concerns itself with political matters, has a kind of bonkers new poll out concerning the state of the NBA in Florida. Of course the poll centers around LeBron James, and it turns out that Floridians outside of South Florida could care less about James. T ... More >>
Public Policy Polling is back today with its full-fledged Florida Senate general election polling, and it's more or less bad news for Charlie Crist.Yesterday it was announced PPP's new numbers show Crist losing the Republican primary by a whopping 32 points. In fact, as the numbers stan ... More >>