In the Press - 2016

Floridians oppose longer legislative terms | Oct. 25, 2016
Floridians overwhelmingly oppose extending legislative term limits to 12 years, according to newly released results of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at news4jax.com.

Sunshine State Survey finds trust is low | Oct. 25, 2016
The latest USF-Neilsen Sunshine State Survey finds a majority of Floridians don't trust their elected officials. Read more at wmfe.org.

Keith Winsten: Environment is worth talking about | Oct. 25, 2016
If you are like most people I talk to, you can't wait for this election season to end so that we can focus on more important and civilized matters than undressed beauty queens and wiki-leaked e-mails. Read more at floridatoday.com.

Could Florida ban assault weapons? | Oct. 22, 2016
And in the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, almost half of Floridians — 49 percent — said a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons is a move in the right direction. Read more at Tallahassee.com.

Poll: Floridians want armed teachers | Oct. 21, 2016
The 2016 University of South Florida Sunshine State Survey finds that Floridians favor allowing teachers and staff to carry guns on Florida public school campuses. Read more at breitbart.com.

Florida survey shows support for firearms in public schools | Oct. 20, 2016
A public policy survey in Florida shows 56 percent of residents questioned support allowing trained staff to carry firearms inside public schools. Read more at guns.com.

Survey: More Than Half Of Floridians Support Trained Staff Carrying Guns In Schools | Oct. 20, 2016
The latest portion of the Sunshine State Survey is out and focuses on education, transportation and health. Read more at wgcu.org.

Kimber Gun Rights Bulletin: Most Floridians Favor Armed Teachers and Staff in Schools | Oct. 20, 2016
When I was at the Gun Rights Policy conference in Florida last month, one of the presentations covered the FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) program in Ohio. Read more at thetruthaboutguns.com.

Poll: Floridians support arming school guards, requiring recess | Oct. 19, 2016
Floridians support allowing trained staff to carry guns at public schools, according to a new USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released on Tuesday. Read more at politico.com .

Survey: More Than Half Of Floridians Support Trained Staff Carrying Guns In Schools | Oct. 19, 2016
The latest portion of the Sunshine State Survey is out and focuses on education, transportation and health. Read more at wusf.usf.edu.

State's DHSMV seeking permission to use drones | Oct. 19, 2016
The state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will ask lawmakers next session to consider legislation to "allow law enforcement to use drones for traffic crash management." Read more at floridapolitics.com.

Survey points to support for armed school employees | Oct. 19, 2016
A majority of Floridians believe "trained staff" should be able to carry firearms on school grounds, according to the latest data from the Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at houmatoday.com.

Survey points to support for armed school employees | Oct. 19, 2016
A majority of Floridians believe "trained staff" should be able to carry firearms on school grounds, according to the latest data from the Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at nwfdailynews.com.

Survey Points To Support For Arming School Employees | Oct. 19 , 2016
A majority of Floridians believe "trained staff" should be able to carry firearms on school grounds, according to the latest data from the Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at northescambia.com .

State's DHSMV seeking permission to use drones | Oct. 19, 2016
The state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will ask lawmakers next session to consider legislation to "allow law enforcement to use drones for traffic crash management." Read more at SaintPetersBlog.com.

Poll: Floridians support arming school guards, requiring recess | Oct. 19, 2016
In the new USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released on Tuesday, 56 percent "strongly favor" or "favor" having armed guards in schools, while 50 percent "strongly oppose" or "oppose" it, according to the poll. Strong supporters were men, whites, those living in affluent households, college graduates and residents of Orlando and north Florida. Read more at Politico.com .

Florida schools roundup: Guns and recess in schools, new leader and more | Oct. 19, 2016
Guns, recess in schools: A majority of Floridians support trained staff carrying guns in schools, and an overwhelmingly number back a requirement of 20 minutes of daily recess for elementary students, according to a USF-Nielsen Sunshine State survey. Read more at RedefinEDOnline.org.

Poll: Floridians are OK with guns in schools | Oct. 18, 2016
More than half of Floridians support allowing trained staff carry guns on public school campuses, according to a new poll. Read more at Bradenton.com.

Floridians favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms in public schools | Oct. 18, 2016
Floridians favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms in public schools and oppose supporting study abroad programs in countries with known terrorist activity, according to the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at villages-news.com.

Survey points to support for arming school employees | Oct. 18 , 2016
A majority of Floridians believe "trained staff" should be able to carry firearms on school grounds, according to the latest data from the Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at news4jax.com.

Survey points to support for arming school employees | Oct. 18, 2016
A majority of Floridians believe "trained staff" should be able to carry firearms on school grounds, according to the latest data from the Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at talk1075.com.

More Than Half of Floridians Approve of Guns in Schools | Oct. 18, 2016
Most Floridians say they support trained staff carrying firearms on school campuses, according to a new survey released Tuesday. Read more at sunshinestatenews.com.

Poll: Floridians are OK with guns in schools | Oct. 18, 2016
More than half of Floridians support allowing trained staff carry guns on public school campuses, according to a new poll. Read more at Bradenton Herald.

Floridians favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms in public schools | Oct. 18, 2016
Floridians favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms in public schools and oppose supporting study abroad programs in countries with known terrorist activity, according to the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at Villages-News.com.

Poll: Floridians support arming school guards, requiring recess | Oct. 18, 2016
Floridians support allowing trained staff to carry guns at public schools, according to a new USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released on Tuesday. Read more at Politico.com .

Gil Smart: Could Florida ban assault weapons? | Oct. 18, 2016
Let me say right out of the gate that this is not a pro-gun control column. Read more at TCPalm.com .

Bucking party, 2 Republicans back minimum wage increase | Oct. 17, 2016
Conservative Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and state Sen. Anitere Flores joined Democrats in Miami and across the state Monday to do what would have been unthinkable four years ago — endorse a $15 minimum wage in Florida. Read more at miamiherald.com.

Recession still has Floridians reeling and anxious about election | Oct. 17, 2016
Drive northeast along the state's I-4 corridor and you quickly get a glimpse at why Floridians say they feel financially insecure this election cycle. Read more at Bradenton.com.

Most Floridians want open primaries | Oct. 17, 2016
Two-thirds of Florida voters say they'd like to scrap closed primaries so independents could weigh in on nominating contests, according to the Sunshine State Survey run by the University of South Florida. Read more at news-press.com.

Most Floridians want open primaries | Oct. 15, 2016
Two-thirds of Florida voters say they'd like to scrap closed primaries so independents could weigh in on nominating contests, according to the Sunshine State Survey run by the University of South Florida. Read more at pnj.com.

Takeaways from Tallahassee – A storm of voting | Oct. 15, 2016
The Legislature's incoming leadership is looking to Gov. Rick Scott to lead the way on remaking the state's voter registration law. Read more at SaintPetersBlog.com.

Recession still has Floridians reeling and anxious about election | Oct. 15, 2016
Drive northeast along the state's I-4 corridor and you quickly get a glimpse at why Floridians say they feel financially insecure this election cycle. Read more at Bradenton Herald.

Takeaways from Tallahassee | Oct. 14, 2016
When it comes to combating human trafficking, Floridians appear to be underwhelmed by the state's efforts. Read more at FloridaPolitics.com.

Most Floridians want open primaries | Oct. 14, 2016
Two-thirds of Florida voters say they'd like to scrap closed primaries so independents could weigh in on nominating contests, according to the Sunshine State Survey run by the University of South Florida. Read more at tcpalm.com .

Majority of Floridians oppose 'sanctuary cities' | Oct. 14, 2016
A majority of Floridians oppose giving more assistance to undocumented immigrants or creating so-called "sanctuary cities" where those immigrants could avoid deportation, according to a new poll from the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at flcourier.com.

'I can't believe the polls are true': A day with Trump's true believers on a tarmac in Florida | Oct. 13, 2016
It's just before 11 a.m. and several hundred people are already lined up outside the Sheltair Hangar at the airport in Lakeland, Fla. They're here to see Donald Trump. And they don't care that the Republican presidential candidate isn't due for at least another four hours. Read more at cbc.ca.

Floridians: Not enough information on amendments | Oct. 13, 2016
The approval of 60 percent of Florida voters is needed to pass any amendment to the state Constitution --- but a new survey shows that's also how many Floridians say they don't get enough information on ballot measures. Read more at news4jax.com.

A day with Trump's true believers on a tarmac in Florida | Oct. 13, 2016
It's just before 11 a.m. And several hundred people are already lined up outside the Shelter Hangar at the airport in Lakeland, Fla. Read more at MyInforms.com .

Here's why Florida voters feel economic uncertainty: a look at the numbers | Oct. 13, 2016
Drive northeast along the state's I-4 corridor and you quickly get a glimpse at why Floridians say they feel financially insecure this election cycle. Read more at Tampa Bay Times .

67% of Floridians support moving to open primaries | Oct. 13, 2016
About two-thirds (67 percent) of self-identified registered voters believe Florida should move to an open primary system, according to a new USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at FloridaPolitics.com.

Recession still has Floridians reeling and anxious about election | Oct. 13, 2016
Drive northeast along the state's I-4 corridor and you quickly get a glimpse at why Floridians say they feel financially insecure this election cycle. Read more at Tampa Bay Times .

67% of Floridians support moving to open primaries | Oct. 12, 2016
A majority of Floridians would support a shift to an open primary system. Read more at FloridaPolitics.com.

67% of Floridians support moving to open primaries | Oct. 12, 2016
A majority of Floridians would support a shift to an open primary system. About two-thirds (67 percent) of self-identified registered voters believe Florida should move to an open primary system, according to a new USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. The survey found 30 percent of respondents think the state should keep the current system. Read more at saintpetersblog.com.

Floridians: Not enough information on amendments | Oct. 12, 2016
The approval of 60 percent of Florida voters is needed to pass any amendment to the state Constitution — but a new survey shows that's also how many Floridians say they don't get enough information on ballot measures. Read more at talk1075.com.

MIAMI HERALD: Sunshine State survey: Economy and environment are the major concerns of Floridians | Oct. 11, 2016
A summer of water woes and uneasiness about the state's economic future have led Floridians to identify the economy and the environment as their top concerns as they head to Election Day, according to the 2016 Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida on Thursday. Read more at evergladestrust.org.

The Diane Rehm Show: Sunshine State Survey | Oct. 11, 2016
University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus joined host Melissa Ross Tuesday to talk about the latest Sunshine State Survey asking Floridians what their greatest concerns as the presidential election looms. Read more at WJCT News.

Campaign 2016 | Oct. 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton will highlight Donald Trump's comments maligning climate science at a Miami campaign rally today with Al Gore, according to a Clinton aide who said the event will address a wide variety of climate impacts and policies. Read more at E&E News.

Poll shows voters backing Rubio, medical marijuana | Oct. 11, 2016
The Sunshine State Survey from the University of South Florida on Monday said recreational marijuana has 42 percent support among Floridians. Read more at Bradenton Herald.

Floridians still worry over economy and jobs | Oct. 11, 2016
The latest annual poll of Floridians by the USF/Neilson Sunshine State Survey asked respondents the open-ended question, “What is the most important issue facing Florida?” The top answer was the economy and jobs…even though Florida has seen very strong job growth since 2009. Read more at WMFE.

Florida Playbook | Oct. 11, 2016
Florida voters are unimpressed with — or unaware of — the job state authorities are doing to combat human trafficking, according to the 2016 USF-Neilsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at Politico .

Survey: Majority of Floridians oppose sanctuary cities | Oct. 11, 2016
A majority of Floridians oppose giving more assistance to undocumented immigrants or creating so-called “sanctuary cities” where those immigrants could avoid deportation, according to a new poll from the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at Talk 107.5.

Hillary Clinton Finally Campaigns on Climate, With Al Gore at Her Side | Oct. 11, 2016
For her first speech of the fall campaign focused exclusively on climate change, Hillary Clinton went to Florida, the state at greatest risk from sea level rise, and one of the tightest and most consequential swing states in this presidential election. Read more at insideclimatenews.org .

UNF poll: Rubio leading, support for medical marijuana | Oct. 11, 2016
The Sunshine State Survey from the University of South Florida on Monday said recreational marijuana has 42 percent support among Floridians. Read more at miamiherald.typepad.com.

Survey: Majority of Floridians oppose sanctuary cities | Oct. 10, 2016
A majority of Floridians oppose giving more assistance to undocumented immigrants or creating so-called "sanctuary cities" where those immigrants could avoid deportation, according to a new poll from the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at talk1075.com.

Anxiety and Opportunity In The Sunshine Economy | Oct. 10, 2016
Floridians are anxious. Even after several years of job growth, most are worried about the economy. Two out of three Floridians say they are financially stressed. For those with a child at home, or living in South Florida, odds are even higher. Read more at wlrn.org.

Survey: Majority of Floridians oppose ‘sanctuary cities' | Oct. 10, 2016
A majority of Floridians oppose giving more assistance to undocumented immigrants or creating so-called "sanctuary cities" where those immigrants could avoid deportation, according to a new poll from the University of South Florida and The Nielsen Company. Read more at News 4 Jax.

Nearly half of Floridians think assault weapons ban is step in right direction | Oct. 10, 2016
Floridians think banning the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons would be a step in the right direction. Read more at FloridaPolitics.com .

Survey: Financial Stress Real Problem For Floridians | Oct. 9, 2016
The first part of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, focusing on the economy and the environment, was released yesterday. The Sunshine State Survey is the most anticipated nonpolitical survey which gathers Floridians opinions on a wide range of economic, social and emerging issues. Read more at wlrn.org.

State most worried about economy and jobs, survey says | Oct. 9, 2016
State residents are most concerned about the economy and jobs, according to an annual survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at pressreader.com.

Floridians still feeling financial angst | Oct. 8, 2016
Nearly two-thirds of Floridians said they feel some level of “financial stress” in their households, according to a new University of South Florida-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at NewsPress.com.

Takeaways from Tallahassee – Cleaning up | Oct. 8, 2016
The most important issue facing Florida in 2016? It’s the economy, stupid. Read more at SaintPetersBlog.

Survey: Financial Stress Real Problem For Floridians | Oct. 7, 2016
The first part of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, focusing on the economy and the environment, was released yesterday. Read more at WLRN.

Floridians worry most about economy, survey finds | Oct. 7, 2016
State residents are most concerned about the economy and jobs, according to an annual survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

Survey: Financial Stress Real Problem For Floridians | Oct. 7, 2016
The first part of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, focusing on the economy and the environment, was released yesterday. Read more at WUSF.

FCC News Brief | Oct. 7, 2016
A summer of water woes and uneasiness about the state’s economic future have led Floridians to identify the economy and the environment as their top concerns as they head to Election Day, according to the 2016 Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida. Read more at Florida Conservation Coalition.

Jobs, jobs, jobs still tops in Florida | Oct. 7, 2016
A hurricane might be spinning off the coast of Florida this week, but in the long run, state residents are most concerned about the economy and jobs, according to an annual survey released by the University of South Florida. Read more at heraldtribune.com.

Survey: Financial Stress Real Problem For Floridians | Oct. 7, 2016
The first part of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, focusing on the economy and the environment, was released yesterday. Read more at wgcu.org.

New survey shows the economy, jobs remain top concerns for Floridians | Oct. 6, 2016
The most important issue facing Florida in 2016? The economy. The 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey found the economy remains one of the most important issues facing Florida. The report, released Thursday, found two-thirds of Floridians feel financial stress in their own household. Read more at floridapolitics.com.

Sunshine State survey: Economy and environment are the major concerns of Floridians | Oct. 6, 2016
A summer of water woes and uneasiness about the state's economic future have led Floridians to identify the economy and the environment as their top concerns as they head to Election Day, according to the 2016 Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida on Thursday. Read more at miamiherald.typepad.com .

Sunshine State survey: Top pre-election worry of Floridians is economy and environment | Oct. 6, 2016
A summer of water woes and uneasiness about the state's economic future have led Floridians to identify the economy and the environment as their top concerns as they head to Election Day, according to the 2016 Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida on Thursday. Read more at tampabay.com .

USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey Data Release to Begin Oct. 6 | Oct. 6, 2016
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, will begin releasing the results of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. The first survey data release will address critical issues around Florida's economy and environment. Read more at Emerald Star News.

Poll: Top concerns of Floridians are economy and environment | Oct. 6, 2016
A summer of water woes and uneasiness about the state’s economic future have led Floridians to identify the economy and the environment as their top concerns as they head to Election Day, according to the 2016 Sunshine State Survey released by the University of South Florida on Thursday. Read more at Miami Herald.

Backroom Briefing: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Still Tops in Florida | Oct. 6, 2016
A hurricane might be spinning off the coast of Florida this week, but in the long run, state residents are most concerned about the economy and jobs, according to an annual survey released by the University of South Florida. Read more at Sunshine State News.

New survey shows the economy, jobs remain top concerns for Floridians | Oct. 6, 2016
The most important issue facing Florida in 2016? The economy. Read more at SaintPetersBlog.

Survey identifies where Floridians stand on emerging issues | Sept. 21, 2016
The USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, the most anticipated non-political annual survey of Floridians that covers a wide range of economic, social and hot topic issues facing one of the nation's largest and diverse states, will begin a three-part data release starting Thursday, Oct. 6. Read more at claytodayonline.com.

USF Students, Nielsen Begin to Formulate Questions for 2016 Sunshine State Survey | Mar. 26, 2016
Leaders from Nielsen will visit Distinguished University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus's Media and Politics class at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 to work with students on the upcoming USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. The 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey is expected to shape policy discussion during the 2016 election cycle. Read more at thebradentontimes.com .

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Baby boomer voters will have major impact on Florida politics | Jan. 22, 2016
The latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey shows 12 percent of respondents ages 55 to 64 said crime was the most important issue facing the state. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Special interests flood Florida legislative campaigns with $28 million in 6 months | Jan. 20, 2016
According to the annual Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and Nielsen polling, the top five issues of concern for Floridians are the economy, education, crime, immigration and the environment, including oil drilling. Read more at Bradenton Herald.

Special interests flood Florida legislative campaigns with $28 million in 6 months | Jan. 19, 2016
According to the annual Sunshine State Survey conducted by the University of South Florida and Nielsen polling, the top five issues of concern for Floridians are the economy, education, crime, immigration and the environment, including oil drilling. Read more at Miami Herald.

Ballot amendments continue to confuse voters | Jan. 18, 2016
USF-Nielsen survey found that voters are confused by the ballot language written by attorneys. Read more at WTSP.

Fred Grimm: Florida embraces bullets over ballots | Jan. 4, 2016
USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey last summer found 48 percent of Floridians would favor more restrictive gun laws. Read more at Miami Herald.


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