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New Saint Leo University Poll Finds Florida Divided on Scott’s Job Performance, But More Still Favorably Impressed

ST. LEO, FL – A bit more than half of adults in Florida have a favorable opinion of the job performance of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, results from a new Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) survey show.

The responses were gathered online from 507 adults from March 3 to March 11, 2017. The margin of error for responses is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Respondents were asked to indicate whether they view favorably or unfavorably, and at what level of intensity, the work of the governor, who is now in his second four-year term.  It turns out that a combined percentage of 55.8 percent either strongly or somewhat approve of Scott. The combined unfavorable percentage is 39.2. Just under 5 percent were unsure.

Politician
Very favorable
Somewhat favorable
Combined
favorables
Not at all favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Combined unfavorables

Rick Scott
21.1%
34.7%
55.8%
21.1%
18.1%
39.2%

Sample of 507 respondents

“With the Florida economy humming along, it is no surprise that Governor Scott is enjoying solid favorability ratings,” said Frank Orlando, political scientist and director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. “This gives Scott a solid bargaining position in the current battle with Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the future of Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida.” (Corcoran is also a Republican.)

Even though Scott’s time as the state’s CEO is waning, the public’s current opinion of his job performance could still affect his career prospects. Republicans want someone to run against U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, when his current term expires at the end of 2018. Scott’s second term as governor also expires at the end of 2018, so he could conceivably run for the U.S. Senate.

The poll asked Republican respondents to choose from a list of potential U.S. Senate primary candidates for that race, imagining that the primary was […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

President Trump Job Approval Rating Sub-50 Percent

Trump Associates Also Rating Poorly in New Saint Leo University Poll
ST. LEO, FL – A new, nonpartisan survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) found the nation’s three highest political office holders have job approval ratings only in the 40-percent range.

Starting at the top with President Donald J. Trump, 44.1 percent of respondents in the survey of 1,073 adults said they either strongly approve (23.4 percent) or somewhat approve (20.7 percent) of the job the new president has been doing since taking office on Jan. 20, 2017. The respondents answered the online survey between March 3 and March 11, 2017. The tallies have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The combined percentage of those who disapprove of the job Trump is doing came to just over half, at 51.2 percent. The percentage who somewhat disapprove was 10.8, but the percent who strongly disapprove is 40.4 percent. A little less than 5 percent are unsure.

“President Trump’s approval rating is historically low for someone at the beginning of their term,” said Frank Orlando, political scientist and director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. “While part of this appears to be caused by the administration’s shaky start in several key areas, it is also caused by a hyper-polarized environment.  Republicans approve of President Trump at an 86.5 percent clip, while Democrats only give him 15.2 percent approval.  These percentages are unlikely to change very much over time, barring a major event.”

Vice President Mike Pence received a job approval rating in the same range: 45.5 percent overall (22.1 percent strongly approved and 23.4 percent somewhat approved). Fewer respondents disapproved of him as strongly as disapproved of President Trump, however. Overall, 43.4 […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

U.S. Voters Divided More than Ever, Saint Leo University Poll Shows

ST. LEO, FL – The United States is a country divided, according to a recent survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu). The nonpartisan poll shows 82.1 percent of respondents agree the nation is more divided than ever before following a contentious presidential election and the installation of a new administration.

The online poll surveyed 1,073 adults in the United States from March 3 through March 11, 2017, and the results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey included a section in which respondents were asked to read a statement and then indicate whether they agree or disagree with it, and to what extent. They were also given an option to say they don’t know or are unsure.

Fifty percent of respondents say they strongly agree and 32.1 percent say they somewhat agree that the United States is divided. Few disagree with that: 8.9 percent say they somewhat disagree, 3.8 say they strongly disagree, and 5.1 percent say they do not know or are unsure.

The sentiment is felt across political leanings. Among respondents who say they are conservative, 83 percent say the country is more divided, while 79.6 percent who identified themselves as moderate, and 89.2 percent who say they are liberal, agree.

Saint Leo’s poll indicates hope for reconciliation. The poll shows that 49.4 percent say that despite a sense of division in their communities, they are optimistic about reducing political discord. Another 37.2 percent say they do not think the divide can be bridged and 13.4 percent say they do not know. (“Don’t know” answers were omitted from the table for space).

Statements
Strongly Agree
Somewhat Agree
Strongly
Disagree
Somewhat Disagree

We are more divided as a nation than ever before
50.0%
32.1%
 3.8%
8.9%

I see democracy slipping away […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

Gorsuch High Court Nomination Favored By Half of Americans

New Saint Leo University Polling Institute findings reflects March 2017 survey  

ST. LEO, FL – About half of American adults contacted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) support the appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who will appear before the U.S. Senate this week for confirmation hearings.

Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to fill the vacancy on the court created by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. While former President Barack Obama put a nominee before the U.S. Senate the next month—federal Judge Merrick Garland—Republicans refused to schedule a hearing, effectively blocking Garland’s nomination until after the November elections. Trump’s victory opened the door for a conservative to select a nominee, and for the Republican-controlled Senate to make the decision on whether to confirm or reject the 45th president’s choice.

Earlier this month in a nonpartisan survey, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute asked 1,073 adults nationally how strongly they support or oppose the Gorsuch nomination.

Just over half, at 50.4 percent, support the nomination to some degree: 26.7 percent strongly supported it and 23.7 percent somewhat supported it.

Another 14.9 percent were somewhat opposed and 12.7 percent were strongly opposed, for a combined percentage of 27.6 percent. Almost as many, 22 percent, were unsure. The poll results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

“Republicans should be relatively happy with these numbers,” said Frank Orlando, political scientist and director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Gorsuch received the support of 86.2 percent of the Republicans in the survey, plus just over half (50.2 percent) of independents, even though only 28 percent of Democrats supported Gorsuch.

“In an era when any […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Institute|0 Comments

Saint Leo University Poll Finds About Half of Floridians Project Their 2016 Annual Charitable Giving Will Repeat 2015 Contribution Levels

SAINT LEO, FL – Just about half of the respondents in a statewide survey conducted after Thanksgiving by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) anticipate their 2016 giving to charitable causes will be level with their 2015 contributions.

Specifically, 47.4 percent of the 501 respondents across the state said their total levels of 2016 giving would be “about the same” as the prior year. Another group, 18.8 percent, said their 2016 charitable giving would increase compared to 2015, while 13.6 said it would decrease.

Of the remaining respondents, 14.6 percent said they have not and will not be giving to charity in 2016, and 5.6 percent were unsure. The results were collected online from November 27 to November 30, 2016, and the margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The 399 respondents who reported giving to charities were asked how they go about their decision making, and most of them strongly agreed (40.6 percent) or somewhat agreed (39.8 percent) that they research charities before donating. Specifically:

Donors strongly agreed (38.1 percent) or somewhat agreed (34.8 percent) that they check to see what percentages of charities’ budgets for actual programs or services before giving (total agreeing = 72.9 percent).
More than six in 10 had been negatively influenced by bad reviews; 32.8 percent strongly agreed and 33.1 percent somewhat agreed they had stopped giving to one or more charities over time because of poor reviews.
So-called “report cards” on charities were apparently not as broadly influential with donors. While 48.1 percent either strongly or somewhat agreed that they use report cards before donating, 47.4 percent disagreed strongly or disagreed somewhat. In practical terms, that is an even split between “yes” and “no” on report cards […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Annual Giving to Charities Will Hold Steady this Year, Nearly Half of Americans Report in New Saint Leo University Poll

SAINT LEO, FL – Just about half of the respondents in a national survey conducted after Thanksgiving by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) anticipate their 2016 giving to charitable causes will be level with their 2015 contributions.

Specifically, 48.2 percent of the 1,001 respondents nationwide said their total levels of 2016 giving would be “about the same” as the prior year. Another group, 18.8 percent, said their 2016 charitable giving would increase compared to 2015, while 12.6 said it would decrease.

Of the remaining respondents, 14.2 percent said they have not and will not be giving to charity in 2016, and 6.2 percent were unsure. The results were collected online from November 27 to November 30, 2016, and the margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The 796 respondents who reported giving to charities were asked how they go about their decision making, and most of them strongly agreed (39.7 percent) or somewhat agreed (41 percent) that they research charities before donating. Specifically:

Donors strongly agreed (38.1 percent) or somewhat agreed (33.2 percent) that they check to see what percentages of charities’ budgets for actual programs or services before giving (total agreeing = 71.3 percent).
More than six in 10 had been negatively influenced by bad reviews. Thirty percent strongly agreed and 32.5 percent somewhat agreed they had stopped giving to one or more charities over time because of bad reviews.
So-called “report cards” on charities were apparently not as broadly influential with donors. While 45.1 percent either strongly or somewhat agreed that they use report cards before donating, 47.2 percent disagreed strongly or disagreed somewhat. In practical terms, that is an even split between “yes” and “no” on report cards being relevant.

The […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Cybersecurity Emerges as a Political Concern as Well as Personal Issue in Latest Saint Leo University Poll

Professor offers concrete tips for those who may have been lax with their devices

SAINT LEO, FL – A new national survey from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) reveals more than half of Americans think the U.S. government is not doing enough to protect American citizens from cyber hacks specifically by the Russian government. These opinions were gathered shortly before new revelations that the U.S. intelligence community concluded that hacking conducted before the presidential election into Democratic and possibly Republican campaign computer accounts and various other email accounts was done to tilt the election toward Donald J. Trump.

The intelligence agencies had already suspected the Russians of the hacking before now. That was publicly known—the new part is that intelligence officials this month ascribed a motive of election meddling to the government of Vladimir Putin. After accounts were hacked, some previously confidential Democratic-related content was made public by WikiLeaks, the online publisher of secret information.

Since Russia and WikiLeaks emerged in the news about the breaches months ago, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute added pertinent questions on the digital intrigue to the cybersecurity portion of its nonpartisan 2016 survey, conducted online November 27 through November 30. The survey of 1,001 adults mostly focuses on Americans’ own personal computer safety habits—which could be improved.

The Russian government and WikiLeaks were covered in a section in which respondents were asked to read a statement and indicate whether they agreed, disagreed, or were unsure.

The statements and results were as follows:

 

Statement
Agreed
Disagreed
Unsure

The U.S. government is doing enough to protect U.S. citizens from hacks by groups like WikiLeaks
13.1%
57.7%
29.2%

The U.S. government is doing enough to protect U.S. citizens from hacks by the Russian government
12.9%
52.8%
34.3%

 

In the same section, respondents were also presented with a […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

Saint Leo Poll Finds As the Public Learns More About Drones, Opinions Split on the Best Civilian Uses

Not everyone wants consumer deliveries from above permitted in their communities

SAINT LEO, FL – Just about everybody understands what a drone is, but a new survey from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows the public is divided in its thinking about whether civilian drones would make great package-delivery vehicles or are nuisances that should be banned.

The latest poll from the Saint Leo University Institute was conducted online among 1,001 adults nationally from November 27 through November 30, 2016. A parallel survey of 501 adults was conducted in Florida, where the weather is better for flying drones during more months of the year.

More than 8 in 10 respondents, 84 percent, agreed this year that they were either very aware of or somewhat aware of unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones. That was up slightly from 78.4 percent last year, when the institute first polled on drones as they became widely available for sale to consumers for personal interest and to businesses for use in surveying and marketing properties, mapping, and advertising. Law enforcement agencies have also been using drones for traffic and road accident observation as well as search-and-rescue operations.

As the public has grown more familiar with drones, and perhaps more aware of Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations governing their use, some things changed from 2015 to 2016. Last year, 73.1 percent of respondents nationally were either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the presence of drones in airspace. This year, that declined somewhat, to 65.6 percent—still a significant level. Often-reported reasons for concern this year were potentially dangerous interference with airplanes (70 percent) and personal privacy issues (71.5 percent).

The public indicated it likes drones for some uses in society. There is […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments

INFOGRAPHIC: Favorite Holiday Songs and Shows

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Favorite Christmas Movies, TV Shows Spotlighted in New Saint Leo University Poll

SAINT LEO, FL ­– Choosing a favorite Christmas movie or TV show can be a challenge. There is a movie about a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. Or how about a holiday movie plot with a suicidal man who sacrificed his dreams for the good of his small town and is guided by a guardian angel to see that he made a difference. Then there is a classic cartoon featuring beloved characters who take a stand against the commercialization of Christmas and find the real meaning of the holiday.

A new survey released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows Miracle on 34th Street claimed the top spot as a Christmas favorite among 18 choices. It garnered 39.8.percent. The online poll surveyed 1,001 adults in the United States from November 27 through November 30, 2016.

The majority of poll respondents, 90.1 percent, said they celebrate Christmas. Those who celebrate the holiday were asked to name their favorite Christmas movies and TV shows. Multiple responses were accepted.

In a poll of 501 Florida residents, Miracle on 34th Street also was the No. 1 pick with 43.3 percent. Perhaps those who flocked from the North to the South fondly remember Christmas shopping at Macy’s in New York City, where the movie is set.

Second place went to the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, which starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. The USA network will air the movie on Friday, December 16, and it will air at 8 p.m., EST, Christmas Eve, on NBC. The movie, celebrating its 70th anniversary, earned second place in the national poll with 36.8 percent, while Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a 1964 stop motion animated television special, placed […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Institute|0 Comments