Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Algae in the Caloosahatchee River beside the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam in Alva, Florida, July 11, 2018. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida’s algae problem has emerged as a key issue in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, with each seeking to place blame on the other.

Scott says the toxic blooms fouling waterways east and west of Lake Okeechobee are the result of years of dithering by the federal government on Everglades restoration. Nelson and Democrats have blamed Scott for cutting back state environmental regulations.

A new Florida Atlantic University poll asked voters who they hold responsible.

Thirty-two percent blame state government, with 13 percent blaming the federal government and 17 percent saying city and county governments are responsible, according to the FAU survey.

Another 38 percent say they don’t know — which means you’ll probably see more TV ads on the issue from Scott and Nelson and their allies.

A new Inside Florida Politics podcast is coming later today. Catch up on the last episode here…