New Poll Shows Mucarsel-Powell Continues to Surge

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, has surged among likely voters and is statistically tied with her opponent Carlos Curbelo, according to a new poll released this Tuesday by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

In the survey, which included 500 likely voters, Mucarsel-Powell leads Curbelo by one point, 49-48. It’s the third recent poll that shows how support for the Democrat has grown over the past months, as voters hear her story and the harm Congressman Curbelo has done to South Florida.

Mucarsel-Powell has been aggressively working to show the clear contrast between herself and Curbelo. And it’s working. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44). Similarly, a recent poll commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a statistical tie.

Below is the poll memo released this Tuesday by Greeberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

October 2, 2018

Close race in Florida’s 26th Congressional District 

To: Interested Parties

From: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

A recent survey of likely voters in Florida’s 26th Congressional District1 finds Debbie Mucarsel- Powell in a statistical tie with Carlos Curbelo ( 49 percent Mucarsel-Powell – 48 percent Curbelo).

The political environment is favorable towards a Democrat in this district that Clinton won by 16 percentage points. More than half (53 percent) of voters feel the country has gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track, and 57 percent have an unfavorable view of President Trump.

As this poll and other polls recently released show, support for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has grown from the mid-summer.

Just under half (49 percent) of voters recognize Mucarsel-Powell, up from 22 percent in July. Among those who know her, she is seen much more favorably (32 percent favorable – 18 percent unfavorable). Voters like Mucarsel-Powell as they get to know her, and support for her grows. As voters learn more about Carlos Curbelo they become more unfavorable towards him (29 percent unfavorable in July, 40 percent in September). With room to continue introducing herself to voters and her growing level of support, Mucarsel-Powell is in an excellent position to win this race.

“I’ve been working on behalf of my community for over 20 years, and families here can trust I’ll be a genuine voice for them in Washington on the most important issues, like health care, jobs and the environment, Mucarsel-Powell said. Residents here know that it’s not enough to say you stand with this community. They’re ready for someone with the courage to truly fight for them.

Curbelo, who is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country, has tried to paint himself as a moderate in Congress. But his record that is anything but moderate. Here are just a few of Curbelo’s lowlights: