Concerns about Zika on the rise, poll says

The level of unease about the Zika virus is on the rise in Florida, according to a new poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The online poll, which was conducted Aug. 14 to Aug. 18, surveyed 1,500 adults in Florida, according to a news release from Saint Leo University. Polling ended a day before Gov. Rick Scott announced that mosquitos are spreading the virus in … [Read more...]

Concern remains over using credit cards, but not enough to stop

It's the final day of the Christmas shopping season, but there is still some concern among consumers that using a credit card or debit card at major stores can create problems down the road. Yet, a new poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows those concerns won't stop most people from still using those cards at checkout. Some 82 percent of shoppers say they are very or … [Read more...]

Charitable giving is up, but not why you think

The economy is starting to take off again, and with that, so are charitable donations. A new survey from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute showed that 67 percent of Americans say they plan to give as much or more to charities than they did last year. That's up a bit from 2013 when just 59 percent of people said they planned to give the same or more as they did the previous … [Read more...]

Clinton finds serious Florida challenge from Jeb

If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Floridians would be ready to give the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That is, unless Jeb Bush decides to run. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute said that if both Clinton and the former governor end up representing their respective parties in the presidential race, … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Crist has slim lead in Saint Leo poll

With a less than two weeks until voters have to make a final decision on who they should send to (or keep in) Tallahassee, a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight lead over incumbent Republican Rick Scott. However, the survey — which polled 500 likely voters between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19 — has a margin error of plus or minus 4.5 … [Read more...]