A year after defeating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s approval at 41% in Florida

A new Florida Atlantic University poll has some good numbers for Gov. Rick Scott and better approval ratings for President Donald Trump than he gets nationally.

A year after Florida flipped from blue to red and helped Republican Donald Trump to his stunning presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, President Trump has a 41 percent approval rating in a new poll of Sunshine State voters.

Trump’s disapproval rating is 47 percent in the  Florida Atlantic University poll released today.

While Trump is under water by 6 points in Florida, that’s considerably better than his nationwide numbers. The RealClearPolitics.com average of national polls shows a net negative of 17.9 points for the president, with 38.7 approving and 56.6 percent disapproving.

Trump won Florida in November 2016 with 49 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 47.8 percent.

Trump’s latest approval numbers are slightly better than the FAU poll found in August, when 37 percent of voters approved and 47 percent disapproved.

FAU’s online poll of 500 voters, conducted Nov. 2-5, has a 4.5 percent margin of error. FAU says the poll was conducted “using an online sample supplied by Survey Sampling International using online questionnaires and via an automated telephone platform using registered voter lists supplied by Aristotle, Inc.”

The poll’s sample is 33.3 percent Republican, 32.3 percent Democrat and 34.3 percent independent. Actual Florida voter registrations are 37.5 percent Democrat, 35.4 percent Republican and 27.1 percent no party or minor party.

The poll contains some good numbers for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year.

Scott is viewed favorably by 49 percent of Florida voters and unfavorably by 39 percent. His handling of Hurricane Irma rated good to excellent by 72 percent of voters, with
57 percent saying it will help him if he runs for Senate.

Three-term incumbent Nelson is viewed favorably by 45 percent and unfavorably by 22 percent.

Hurricane Irma: Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio are bipartisan disaster buddies

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in Belle Glade on Wednesday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

BELLE GLADE — Glades residents who lined up Wednesday for a hot meal and some bottled water after Hurricane Irma also got a chance to interact with both of Florida’s U.S. senators.

“This is bipartisanship here,” Florida Democratic Sen.  Bill Nelson proclaimed Wednesday as he and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio stopped by a food and water distribution center for Irma victims.

Rubio and Nelson also visited citrus growers in Lake Wales and Ave Maria University students in Immokalee on Wednesday.

The pair flew together on a Coast Guard plane on Monday to survey damage in the Keys. They planned to meet at an emergency operations center in Jacksonville on Tuesday, but missed each other by about 30 minutes.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson hand out meals in Belle Glade on Wednesday. That’s former Palm Beach County Commissioner Warren Newell next to Rubio and County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who represents the Glades, next to Nelson. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The working relationship between Rubio and Nelson could take some of the partisan edge off next year’s expected challenge to Nelson by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Last year, when Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy challenged Rubio for re-election, Nelson came to Rubio’s defense after Murphy accused him of failing to deliver on federal money to fight the Zika virus.

 

 

Hurricane Irma: Gov. Rick Scott activates 900 more Florida National Guard troops

By Friday, 7,000 National Guard members will be activated in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott says.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning activated 900 members of the Florida Army and Air National Guard to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

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About 100 National Guard members had already been activated in Florida.

The newly activated personnel will help with planning, support and logistics.

Another 6,000 National Guard members will report for duty no later than Friday, the governor’s office said.

The activations follow Scott’s Monday declaration of a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties.

Said Scott: “Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening Category 5 storm and the state is aggressively preparing to ensure families are safe as we prepare for a possible landfall. The brave men and women of the Florida National Guard are incredibly important to executing emergency preparedness and response actions across the state and I will continue to activate more members as needed. These members will be in place to help with evacuations and sheltering, as well as the coordination of search and rescue with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. National Guard members will also be assisting utility companies following the storm as they respond to return power to homes and businesses.”

Hurricane Irma: Likely Senate rivals Bill Nelson, Rick Scott visit Doral

Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson will get Hurricane Irma briefings in Doral today.

Attentive readers of the PostOnPolitics blog will recall that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson plans to visit the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center in Doral at 10 a.m. today to monitor preparations for Hurricane Irma.

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott — widely expected to challenge Nelson next year — plans to visit the same EOC at 11:15 a.m. for a briefing with Florida Director of Emergency Management Bryan Koon. He’s scheduled to remain there for a 12:15 p.m. news conference.

It wasn’t immediately clear this morning whether Nelson and Scott will be in Doral at the same time.

Nelson is also scheduled to visit Palm Beach County’s EOC this afternoon at 2 p.m.

Scott’s schedule includes another briefing with Koon at 5:15 p.m. in Tallahassee.