9 in 10 Floridians say they’re motivated to vote midterm, most say the country is heading in the ‘wrong direction’

Nine in 10 Floridians say they are “extremely” motivated to vote in this year’s midterm elections, according to an AARP poll released this week.

The motivation to head to the polls in November comes as Floridians aren’t happy with the country’s direction, with 76% saying it’s headed in the wrong direction. Additionally, 53% say the US economy isn’t working for them, and an even higher percentage, 63%, are concerned about their own financial situation in President Biden’s America.

Those frustrations don’t appear to be a reflection of Governor Ron DeSantis’ (right) leadership, as his job mark is 52-47. Additionally, he leads his Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), by three percentage points.

The motivation to vote in this year’s election appears to be benefiting Republicans, overall, as the GOP has a slight edge on the generic Florida Congressional ballot, 48% to 46%.

In the race for governor, in particular, voters aged 50 and over identify inflation and rising prices as the biggest issue in deciding their vote – 19%. Jobs and the economy take second place with 14%, followed by abortion (12%), immigration and border security (9%) and voting rights (8%). Notably, inflation, jobs, and the economy are top issues for Republicans and independents 50 and older, while abortion and voting rights are top issues for Democrats 50 and older in the race for governor.

Similarly, voters ages 50 and older identified inflation and rising prices as the top issue in the state Senate race between Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Val Demings ( D-FL), followed by Social Security and Medicare, as well as taxes, government spending, and debt. Senator Rubio leads his challenger in this survey by two percentage points.

The survey was taken August 24-31 among a statewide representative example of 500 likely Florida voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4%.


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