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A Look at the Latest Sunshine State Survey Results

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The Sunshine State Survey results are in.

It's exactly what it sounds like — an in-depth look at the state of Florida through the eyes of its residents. The annual survey covers everything from economic to social to political issues and has been run through theUniversity of South Floridasince 2014.

Dr. Susan MacManus is one of the nation's leading political experts and leads the survey effort with the assistance of her media and politics class at USF. She joins Gulf Coast Live to dig into the latest Sunshine State Survey results.



Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.