Trump has 45% favorable rating in Florida in poll by Rubio-linked firm

President Donald Trump stops his motorcade to greet supporters on Bingham Island near Mar-a-Lago in March. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump is viewed favorably by 45 percent of Florida voters and unfavorably by 41 percent, according to a new poll commissioned by Firehouse Strategies, a firm launched last year by former aides to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

Firehouse Strategies and the data analytics firm 0ptimus surveyed likely midterm voters in four states that swung from former President Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016 — Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Firehouse Strategies is headed by former Rubio presidential campaign manager Terry Sullivan, former Rubio communications director Alex Conant and former Rubio campaign attorney and adviser Will Holley.

The overall poll has a 2 percent margin of error and the Florida sample has a 2.7 percent margin of error. Some key findings:

• Trump’s 45/41 favorable/unfavorable score in Florida compares to a 45/40 rating in Ohio, a 45/45 split in Pennsylvania and a 40/47 score in Wisconsin.

• Across the four states, about 80 percent of voters believe Trump lies or exaggerates the truth. About 83 percent of Florida voters think so. But voters have an even worse opinion of Republicans in Congress.

• Thirty-four percent of voters in the swing states say Trump has been successful so far, 36 percent say he’s been unsuccessful and the remainder say it’s too early to tell. In Florida, 37 percent call the Trump presidency a success and 35 percent rate it unsuccessful.

• Republican and independent voters across the four states aren’t ready to vote Democrat in the 2018 midterms if Trump doesn’t follow through on his promises to overhaul the tax code, repeal and replace Obamacare and build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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