Viewpoint Florida conducted a statewide survey of 900 registered voters on July 18 to assess voter attitudes related to the much-publicized trial of George Zimmerman.
56% of the voters surveyed thought that the jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict in the Zimmerman trial over the shooting of Trayvon Martin was the correct verdict. Furthermore, 63% of the voters surveyed did not believe that Mr. Zimmerman should not be charged with a federal hate crime after he was not convicted in his criminal trial.
Respondents were asked to choose one of three statements which best described their perception of Mr. Zimmerman’s conduct leading up to and including his shooting of Trayvon Martin. 53% of respondents felt that he was justifiably acting in self-defense, while 27% of respondents felt that Zimmerman had committed a clear act of racially motivated violence, and 13% felt that Zimmerman had committed murder when he shot Trayvon Martin, but that the killing was not racially motivated.
Similarly, respondents were asked to choose a statement from three which best described their view on Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. 50% said the law is fine the way it is, while 31% of voters thought the law needed to be changed…Read More
But voters are united in perception of a highly biased tax code
We have a fascinating set of responses to share from our latest statewide survey of likely general election voters in Florida. Our survey focused on America’s fiscal woes and the importance of addressing the national budget deficit. As expected, almost every respondent we interviewed said that balancing the federal budget was at least somewhat important for America’s economic future. Only 2% of the voters we interviewed stated that dealing with the national deficit was not at all important for our future.
However, in the very next question, when asked whether or not deficit spending was necessary to grow the American economy, 30% of respondents stated that such spending was in fact necessary, while 61% said the economy could be boosted without deficit spending. Predictably, Republicans were far more likely to agree that deficit spending was not necessary to boost the economy. But 60% of Independent voters disagreed with the necessity for deficit spending, while just a 49% plurality of Democratic voters believed deficit spending was necessary.
We see similar numbers when voters are asked if raising revenue or cutting spending should be the primary focus of Congress or…Read More
Romney 40%, Gingrich 30%, Santorum 16%, Paul 8%
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads former House Speaker and Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich by ten points in Viewpoint Florida’s weekend survey for tomorrow’s Presidential Preference Primary in Florida.
Governor Romney earns support from 40% of respondents in our survey, while 30% of respondents said they would vote for Speaker Gingrich. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum stands out as the most liked Republican in the field, with a net +27% favorability rating among respondents (58%-31%). But his likability translates to a distant third place showing, with 16% support in our ballot test. Texas Congressman Ron Paul places fourth with 8%, and is by far the least liked candidate in the field, sporting a 61% unfavorable rating to just 30% of respondents who view him favorably.
Looking into our crosstabs, Governor Romney’s lead cuts across major demographic groups, as he leads Speaker Gingrich in all age categories and in every region of the state except for the I-10 corridor region of Florida. There does not appear to be a significant gender gap on the ballot test, as Romney’s lead with women is just 3 points higher than his support amongst men. Romney’s 46%-32%…Read More