Florida voters are undecided about who they want to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate, according to a new state robopoll.
But of those supporting a candidate early on in the campaign, Democrats prefer U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando to U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, 27-20 percent, the Florida Atlantic University survey shows. Republicans like U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Indian Shores, who received 28 percent support, over U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who drew 8 percent support each.
How many voters remain undecided? Forty-five percent of Democrats and a full 50 percent of Republicans. The primaries won't take place until August.
"While it is very early, the race between Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Allen Grayson looks to be competitive," Kevin Wagner, an FAU associate professor of political science at FAU and a research fellow of the Business and Economics Polling Initiative, said in a statement. "While Grayson has a lead in our poll, the large number of undecideds make that lead tenuous at best. Grayson's advantage may simply be greater statewide name recognition at this point. This appears to be a wide open primary contest.
"In the Republican Senate primary, Congressman David Jolly is out to a substantial early lead, but with half of the polled voters undecided, this race is far from over."
The poll, conducted Jan. 15-18, surveyed 371 likely Democratic voters and 345 likely Republican voters, with an error margin of 5 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.