In the Press - 2015

Guns on campus will not decrease crime, assaults | Dec. 3, 2015
USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey found that 73 percent of Floridians oppose guns on campus, as well as many university presidents and campus police chiefs. Read more at Central Florida Future.

Rubio's other Senate problem: His actions when he's there | Nov. 6, 2015
Fifty-six percent of respondents to the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey favored the Obama Administration's policy. Read more at Sun Sentinel.

Letter of the Day: Legislative leadership for Floridians with disabilities overdue | Nov. 1, 2015
In the past five years, Floridians have increasingly rated the job the state does in assisting the mentally and physically disabled as "poor"— this according to the 2015 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at The Tampa Tribune.

Thumb up: Survey shows water is Floridians’ top environmental concern | Oct. 31, 2015
The 2015 Sunshine State Survey by the University of South Florida showed 38 percent of the 1,251 adult respondents statewide cited water problems, especially water quality, as their top environmental concern. Read more at TCPalm.

Despite Speaker vote, Clawson optimistic about Paul Ryan | Oct. 31, 2015
Asked to name "the biggest environmental problem facing Florida today," a modest 5 percent named climate change or global warming, according to the University of South Florida-Nielsen Sunshine State Poll released this week. Read more at The News-Press.

Posey votes for Webster, still likes Ryan | Oct. 31, 2015
Asked to name "the biggest environmental problem facing Florida today," a modest 5 percent named climate change or global warming, according to the University of South Florida-Nielsen Sunshine State Poll released this week. Read more at Florida Today.

Sunday’s Letters: Florida falls short in caring for disabled | Oct. 30, 2015
In the last five years, Floridians have increasingly rated the job Florida does in assisting the mentally and physically disabled as poor, according to the 2015 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Survey: Floridians Concerned with How State Handles Health Care for Disabled | Oct. 27, 2015
A majority of Floridians believe that the state is not providing good medical care to people with disabilities, according to the annual Sunshine State Survey results released Tuesday. Read more at WUSF.

Opponents look to put up another roadblock to casinos in Florida | Oct. 27, 2015
A recent poll by the University of South Florida-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey shows opposition to casinos softening, with two-thirds of Floridians supporting expansion and only 20 percent outright opposed. Read more at Palm Beach Post.

Florida survey finds widespread water concerns | Oct. 26, 2015
Floridians have water woes on their minds, and many are embracing for disaster from oil drilling, sinkholes and rising seas. Read more at The Sun Sentinel.

SURVEY: Mental health screenings as requirement for guns | Oct. 26, 2015
Most Floridians think a mental health screening should be a requirement for anyone to buy a gun in the sunshine state, that's the results of a 1,300 person survey released Monday. Read more at WLRN.

Bush campaign cuts cap bad week | Oct. 24, 2015
Three-quarters of state residents polled said prisons do a "poor" or "fair" job rehabilitating prisoners. Read more at News-Press.

Mental Health Screenings A Must For Gun-Toting Floridians | Oct. 22, 2015
More data has been released from the annual Sunshine State Survey. Read more at WLRN.

Poll: 85% of Floridians want mental health screenings for future gun owners | Oct. 21, 2015
A newly released poll by USF shows 85% of Floridians want mental health screenings for future gun owners. Watch more at NBC 2.

Poll: 85% of Floridians want mental health screenings for future gun owners | Oct. 21, 2015
A newly released poll by USF shows 85% of Floridians want mental health screenings for future gun owners. Read more at WTSP.

Ben Carson, in Tampa on Nov. 3, says voters want outsiders | Oct. 21, 2015
The popularity of presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sen. Bernie Sanders has led some political pundits to dub 2015 the year of the political outsider. Read more at Tampa Tribune.

Guns on college campuses bill passes another senate committee | Oct. 21, 2015
Approval of the bill came a day after a University of South Florida-Nielson Sunshine State survey found that 48 percent of Floridians believe that the state’s gun laws aren’t restrictive enough. Read more at Forex Report Daily.

Survey: Floridians favor gun screenings; oppose police drones | Oct. 21, 2015
The annual Sunshine State Survey shows that 85 percent of Floridians want people buying a gun or getting a gun license to get mental health screenings first. Read more at WUSF.

Heated gun measure on the move in Florida Senate | Oct. 21, 2015
People with concealed-weapons licenses would be able to openly display handguns in Florida and would be able to carry firearms on state college and university campuses, under measures approved by separate Senate committees. Read more at WPTV.

Florida lawmakers sign off on heated gun measures | Oct. 20, 2015
Release of a University of South Florida-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey indicates 48 percent of Floridians believe the state's gun laws aren't restrictive enough. Read more at The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The gun debate saga continues | Oct. 20, 2015
Election season is underway and the Second Amendment to the Constitution, concerning the right to bear arms, with no surprise is up for the most heated debate. Read more at The Famuan.

Survey: Floridians favor mental screenings for gun buyers | Oct. 19, 2015
Florida is split on whether gun laws in general are restrictive enough. Read more at Sun Sentinel.

Many Floridians feel recession-like stress | Oct. 19, 2015
Financial pressure is nothing new to Floridians, who have just weathered one of the worst financial crises in the nation’s history. Read more at Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Floridians still feeling pain of economic crisis | Oct. 18, 2015
The Great Recession may be officially over, but many Floridians still are feeling its pain, a new report said. Read more at St. Augustine Record.

Fighting Republicans produce dysfunctional legislature | Oct. 18, 2015
Battle lines were drawn at the state capitol this past week. Gov. Rick Scott and the leaders of the Florida House and Senate outlined their agendas for the 2016 legislative session to a gathering of newspaper editors and reporters as part of the Associated Press’s annual pre-session meeting. Read more at Tallahassee Democrat.

Whatever happened to simply calling the cops? | Oct. 16, 2015
Florida law makes it illegal to carry a gun onto state college campuses, but a bill to change that is working its merry way through the Legislature. Lawmakers are considering whether to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to have their weapon while on campus. Read more at Tampa Tribune.

Who is feeling financial crunch? Survey says: Floridians | Oct. 16, 2015
Nearly three in four Floridians say they face some level of financial stress, with one-third of those feeling a particularly strong money crunch. Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

Falling unemployment rate aside, numbers don't add up yet for Florida's recover | Oct. 16, 2015
Home in on the popular bottom-line number that many gravitate to — the unemployment rate — and there's reason for encouragement. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Romano: In Florida's race for new jobs, shouldn't quality count, too? | Oct. 14, 2015
They spend a lot of time in Tallahassee counting jobs. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Survey: Floridians divided on economic development | Oct. 14, 2015
More than 70% of Floridian households are experiencing some financial stress, indicating Floridians are not convinced that the Great Recession is over, according to the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. Read more at Brevard Times.

UF weighs in on college campus concealed carry legislation | Oct. 14, 2015
While students, faculty and members of local law enforcement prepared for a candlelit vigil at the University of Florida last Friday afternoon honoring victims of two recent college campus shootings, over 800 miles away at Texas Southern University, shots rang out. Read more at WUFT.

7 of 10 South Floridians remain stressed about finances | Oct. 14, 2015
Most South Florida households still experience financial stress more than six years after the recession officially ended, a new poll finds. Read more at Sun-Sentinel.

Uber, Lyft Under Sunshine Scrutiny | Oct. 14, 2015
A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated. Read more at WLRN.org.

Florida residents are in favor of casinos | Oct. 14, 2015
Residents of Florida are in favor of the installation of casinos in the territory although most of them disagree in the place where they should be deployed, according to the results of a recent survey among others inquired about play in the region of the United States. Read more at El Diario Game Argentina.

Statewide Quality of Life Survey shows diversities of views | Oct. 14, 2015
Since 1999, the University of South Florida’s School of Public Affairs and Nielsen have conducted a statewide survey. The constantly changing demographics of the nation’s third-largest state and its increasingly complex economy have become the genesis of a multiplicity of wide-ranging “hot button” issues. Citizens are highly attentive to current events that require the attention of leaders in the public (federal, state, county, city), private and nonprofit sectors. Read more at Rick's Blog.

Survey: Most Floridians still feeling financially stressed | Oct. 13, 2015
Florida voters remain financially stressed, but they don’t think they’re being overtaxed, and they also are supportive of resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday. Read more at Bradenton Herald.

Survey: Large majority of Floridians still feeling financially stressed | Oct. 13, 2015
Florida voters remain financially stressed, but they don’t think they’re being overtaxed, and they also are supportive of resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday. Read more at Miami Herald.

Florida Economy Doesn't Feel As Strong As It Looks | Oct. 13, 2015
University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus says more than 70 percent of respondents report financial stress in their households, and that colors their views of state and local government. Read more at WFSU.org.

Uber, Lyft Under Sunshine Scrutiny | Oct. 13, 2015
A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated. Read more at WUSF.org.

Uber to operate in Broward again starting Thursday | Oct. 13, 2015
Ride-sharing company Uber, which had ceased operations in Broward County in July, will begin operating in the county again beginning Thursday. Read more at Broward Palm Beach News Times.

Uber, Lyft Under Sunshine Scrutiny | Oct. 13, 2015
A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated. Read more at WLRN Miami.

Uber, Lyft Under Sunshine Scrutiny | Oct. 13, 2015
A new poll shows that a majority of Floridians think that ride sharing services should be regulated. Read more at WJCT.org.

Survey: Most Floridians still feeling financially stressed | Oct. 13, 2015
Florida voters remain financially stressed, but they don't think they're being overtaxed, and they also are supportive of resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday. Read more at El Nuevo Herald.com.

Survey: Floridians remained financially stressed; and most support diplomacy with Cuba | Oct. 13, 2015
Florida voters remain financially stressed but don’t think they’re being overtaxed and are supportive of resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday. Read more at Miami Herald Naked Politics Blog.

Survey: Large majority of Floridians still feeling financially stressed | Oct. 13, 2015
Florida voters remain financially stressed but don't think they're being overtaxed and are supportive of resuming diplomatic relationswith Cuba, according to the latest USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Floridians divided on expanding gambling, survey says | Oct. 13, 2015
The latest Sunshine State Survey data show “a conflicted populace” on the question of expanding gambling in Florida, with roughly a third wanting Nevada-style casinos and another 20 percent wanting no gambling at all. Read more at Saint Peters Blog.

Casino opposition softening, even as expansion looks like a longshot, poll shows | Oct. 13, 2015
A new poll shows Floridians’ opposition to casino gambling is steadily softening, even as the prospect of a gambling expansion in the state appears to be languishing. Read more at The Palm Beach Post.

Survey: Uber, Lyft should be regulated like taxi companies | Oct. 13, 2015
A new survey has found an overwhelming majority of Floridians think drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft should be regulated like taxis. Read more at The Orlando Sentinel.

Report: Most Floridians still feel financially stressed | Oct. 13, 2015
The great recession may be officially over, but many Floridians still are feeling its pain, a new report said. Seven out of 10 say they feel financially stressed, according to the survey of 1,251 Floridians by the University of South Florida and the Nielsen Company, released Tuesday. Read more at Naples Daily News.

USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey finds Floridians stressed about jobs, economy | Oct. 13, 2015
New data released by the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey reveals most Floridians still feel stressed about their personal finances, see government waste and efficiency as a threat to the economy, and are concerned about job loss and undocumented workers. Read more at FloridaPolitics.com.

Florida survey finds support for Cuba ties | Oct. 12, 2015
A majority of Floridians favor closer U.S. ties to Cuba and see opportunities for travel and doing business, a statewide survey released on Monday found. Read more at The Orlando Sentinel.

Uber could return to Broward after Tuesday vote | Oct. 12, 2015
What kinds of criminals can drive for Uber, or Lyft, or a taxi? County commissioners are scheduled to debate that controversial topic Tuesday night, as they consider loosening a law in order to entice Uber back to Broward. With the right vote Tuesday night, the Uber app could be back on as soon as this week. Read more at The Sun-Sentinel.

Floridians Say Overwhelming No to Guns On Campus, Big Yes to Medical Marijuana | Oct. 10, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at Flager Live.

Survey: Floridians oppose guns on campus | Oct. 8, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at The St. Augustine Record.

USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey to Reveal Floridians’ Stance on 16 Hot Button Issues | Oct. 8, 2015
The University of South Florida School of Public Affairs will begin releasing the results of the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey, the most anticipated non-political annual survey of Floridians on a wide range of economic, social and topical issues facing one of the nation’s largest and diverse states. The USF School of Public Affairs, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with Nielsen administers this survey and analyzes the results under the direction of Distinguished University Professor Susan MacManus, one of the nation’s leading political experts. Read more at Emerald Star News.

Poll: Floridians Don't Want Guns on College Campuses | Oct. 7, 2015
An overwhelming number of Floridians oppose letting college students carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released Tuesday. Read more at the Tallahassee Democrat.

Survey shows economy remains top issue facing Florida | Oct. 7, 2015
Results of the 2015 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey show Floridians are most concerned about the economy (22 percent), followed by K-12 education (10 percent), crime (7 percent), immigration (6 percent) and the environment/oil drilling/climate change (6 percent). Read more at The Villages News.

Poll: Floridians Don’t Want Guns on College Campuses | Oct. 7, 2015
An overwhelming number of Floridians oppose letting college students carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released Tuesday. Read more at the News-Press.

Poll shows Floridians opposed to guns on campus | Oct. 6, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at The Gainesville Sun.

Poll shows Floridians opposed to guns on campus | Oct. 6, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at the Ocala StarBanner.

Survey: Floridians Oppose Guns on Campus | Oct. 6, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at WUFT.

Poll: Three of 4 Floridians Oppose Guns on Campus Even Though Legislature Appears Eager to Make the Move | Oct. 6, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at the Florida Times-Union.

Survey: Floridians Differ On Hot-Button Issues | Oct. 6, 2015
It seems Florida lawmakers aren't the only ones who can't agree. Residents also are divided over key economic and social issues, according to the latest release of the Sunshine State Survey. Read more at WUSF.

USF Survey: Majority of Floridians Oppose Guns on College Campuses | Oct. 6, 2015
A majority of Floridians oppose allowing guns on college campuses. That, from a new University South Florida survey. About 73 percent say making it legal would push the state in the wrong direction. See more from WCTV CBS 11 p.m. news.

Survey: Floridians Oppose Guns On Campus | Oct. 6, 2015
In the months before gunfire erupted at an Oregon community college in a mass shooting that killed nine people and the gunman, Floridians were deeply skeptical of proposals that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus, according to a survey released this week by the University of South Florida. Read more at CBS Miami.

Population Boost Affecting Attitudes in Florida | Oct. 6, 2015
More than a million new residents have moved to Florida since 2010, the first year the annual Sunshine State Survey was released. Read more at WGCU News.

Study: Floridians don't want guns on campus, are split on Medicaid expansion | Oct. 6, 2015
Floridians are pretty well split in agreement on a number of hot button issues — Medicaid expansion, Common Core and off-shore oil drilling. But as the Legislature prepares for a January legislative session and reelection campaigns not long after, they may want to think about areas of widespread agreement. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Poll: Floridians Really Don't Want Guns on Campuses | Oct. 6, 2015 Floridians can't agree on a lot, which is to be expected in such a diverse swing state. The results of University of South Florida's annual Sunshine State Survey certainly attest to that. Floridians are split on all sorts of hot-button issues from Common Core testing to offshore oil drilling. Read more at Miami New Times.

Florida survey: Economic recovery brings brighter outlook | Oct. 5, 2015 Floridians are feeling a little better about the economy this year and are not nearly as gloomy about the quality of life in their state now that it has emerged from the shadows of the Great Recession, a statewide survey released Monday found. Read more at the Sun-Sentinel.


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