Florida poll: High undecideds in GOP, Dem governor primaries

Florida governor candidates, from left: Republicans Adam Putnam, Ron DeSantis, Richard Corcoran; Democrats Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Philip Levine, Chris King.

Republican governor candidate Adam Putnam and Democrat Gwen Graham hold narrow leads among primary voters in their respective parties, with 43 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats undecided, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.

Putnam gets 27 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis 23 percent and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who’s expected to announce his bid in March, gets 7 percent in the GOP poll. Among Democrats, Graham edges former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine by a 20-to-17 percent margin, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum getting 10 percent and Winter Park businessman Chris King at 4 percent.

Mason-Dixon polled 500 registered Democrats and 500 registered Republicans Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Each sample has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

Some highlights:

• Younger voters in both parties are the most up for grabs. Among Democrats, 57 percent of voters aged 18 to 49 are undecided. The figure is 55 percent for Republicans younger than 50.

• There’s a significant gender gap in Democratic polling. Graham, trying to become Florida’s first female governor, gets 25 percent of Democratic women voters, with Levine at 13 percent and Gillum at 12 percent. Democratic men favor Levine over Graham by a 23-to-13 percent margin, with Gillum getting 7 percent.

• Gillum, trying to become Florida’s first black governor, holds a narrow lead among black voters: 22 percent, to 17 percent for Graham and 13 percent for Levine.

• Graham and Levine are tied at 21 percent among white Democratic voters.

• Hispanic Democratic voters break 21 percent for Graham, 12 percent for Levine and 11 percent for Gillum.

• Republicans who are 65 and older, who make up 39 percent of GOP voters in the Mason-Dixon sample, are Putnam’s strongest demographic group, favoring him by a 32-to-25 percent margin over DeSantis.