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Bipartisan poll: medical marijuana at 70% among FL likely voters

@MarcACaputo

Seven in 10 likely Florida voters support a proposed constitutional amendment for medical marijuana -- outsized support that has remained relatively constant for more than a year, according to a new bipartisan survey.

“This support is broad-based and spans the electorate regardless of partisan, regional, or racial lines,” pollsters Anzalone Liszt Grove Research/Public Opinion Strategies wrote in an analysis of the survey, which was conducted for the amendment's backers, United for Care.

“Strong majorities support medical marijuana across media markets, regardless of whether they live in North, Central, or South Florida,” the pollsters wrote. Anazalone polls for Democrat Charlie Crist and President Obama; POS has surveyed extensively for the Republican Party of Florida and GOP candidates.

The United for Care poll jibes with others taken over the past year, including a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday that shows the Florida amendment would garner about 66 percent support.

“Florida's medical marijuana amendment that will be on the ballot this fall continues to appear headed for easy passage,” PPP wrote in an analysis. Its poll found opposition at 25 percent, the United for Care survey registered 28 percent opposition.

It takes 60 percent voter support to pass a constitutional amendment in Florida.

Unlike the PPP survey, this poll showing 70-28 percent support had a large sample size of 900, screened for likely voters and also polled the exact language of the ballot summary voters would see. The error margin is 3.3 percent. The amendment is targeted toward people who have “debilitating” medical ailments as determined by a licensed Florida physician.

This United for Care survey showed that Democrats support the proposal the most, 75-23 percent. Republicans support it the least, but still strongly (64-34). And independent and no-party-affiliation voters have mid-level support, 72-27.

The poll tested supported by media market as well. Tampa Bay: 71-28 percent. Orlando: 72—26. Jacksonville: 71-27. West Palm Beach 68-30. Miami-Fort Lauderdale: 68-29.

One reason the Miami-Fort Lauderdale media market’s support is so low relative to the rest of the state: Cuban voters, who tend to be social conservatives and back the measure the least, 53-43 percent.

A Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of just registered Miami-Dade County voters conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International also showed that Cuban-American support was the lowest: 38 percent, with 62 percent opposing the amendment.

Overall, in Miami-Dade, that poll found support in the county was just 54-46 percent.

Opponents of the proposal, known as Amendment 2, highlighted the relatively weak support found in the poll of just Miami-Dade voters.

“This Amendment is vulnerable and can be defeated, despite the millions of dollars that have already been spent on it,” Sarah Bascom, Vote No on 2’s spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “It also means that once Floridians start to learn the truth about the Amendment and are educated on the loopholes, support drops.”

But United for Care’s director, Ben Pollara, said he draws more comfort from numerous statewide polls.

“Our opponents can keep trotting out the same discredited talking points for months but the people of Florida are smarter than that and will approve Amendment 2 this fall,” he said. “And poll after poll shows that.”

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ed jenkins

This most horrible article writer continues to do nothing but publish the opinion surveys that the readers do not consider news and he calls them news. Readers have repeatedly called for an end to this practice and the termination of this writer.

palmettoexile

Why, Mr. Ed ,I'm not certain if you are advocating that Mr. Caputo be fired from his job or whether you're calling for a hit squad to take him out! Personally, this particular "citizen" enjoys Mr. Caputo's columns and I would miss his viewpoints on the political shenanigans that occur daily in this State. Frankly, I believe Caputo's opinions mirror the majority of the voters in several parts of Floriduh, although you, Sir, disagree. (as is your right).
It is not your right to speak for others. The overwhelming support for legalizing medical marijuana is extremely heartening to this citizen, and, I suspect, many more. The polls are indeed newsworthy in that they afford the citizens a look at the voting preferences of those who will eventually decide which Amendments will (hopefully, in this case!) become established law or will be left in Floriduh's dustbin of shame. I hope that most who will actually bestir themselves to go to the polls on election Day will vote "Yes" on Amendment 2. The Repuglican stance on this issue seems to be more obstructionism than any efforts to listen to and execute the will of the populace they were elected to (purportedly) represent. Once again, we have Legislators playing Physician; I don't think even you, Mr. Ed, would allow a Member of the Legislature-who is NOT an MD- remove your appendix or perform heart surgery. I may be mistaken however; you seem to be in lockstep with whatever this corrupt administration proposes. Scott, et al record of crony capitalism is matched by none other in the country. Scott, Gaetz, Weatherford, Bondi , Baby Gaetz, and the rest of the Repubs in Tally have been responsible for more governmental interference in the citizens' private lives than any body in recent memory-including the reign of Jebbie. This , while claiming to be the party of less government intrusion. Ha. The Repugs have all but beatified Reagan, yet the facts of the expansion of government reach into every facet of the citizens' lives prove otherwise. A fleeting memory is so helpful when convenient, dontcha think? BTW-under St. Ron, the US had the largest expenditure and expansion of the military than under any other President. Not to mention the taxes, the inflation, etc, that accompanied Ronnie's reign. Of course, Bush, Jr. tried to match Ronnie, but didn't quite make it. Thankfully.
Back to your complaints about Mr. Caputo and what constitutes "news". I assume you have gleaned by now that this citizen disagrees with your views on this-and just about every other issue I've had the distinct misfortune to read. Perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, though-your comments quite often are a source of hilarity that lasts a couple of hours. I do thank you for providing a measure of levity to my otherwise (usually) hum-drum day. I do hope Mr. Caputo doesn't take your criticisms to heart and cease writing about the news in this State; if he really gets his feelings hurt and quits, where will the "citizens" get the news that IS news? Besides, without Caputo's columns, about what would YOU then have to protest ? Your (wells)of the citizens' displeasure on myriad issues would then go dry. As the adage states, "Be careful what you wish for, as you may get it..". Have a wonderful day, Mr. Ed. A pleasure-as always.
To all-Please Vote "YES" on Amendment 2. Many adults and thousands of others in this State need the relief from the suffering of other diseases/conditions. It is not ONLY those children with epilepsy who will benefit from medical marijuana. Apparently, according to the Republican legislature, these children are the only ones who are worthy of a non-opioid solution for their diseases and chronic pain. Remember-Politicians are NOT Physicians. Even if they play one.

HempStaff

Yes on Amendment 2! Let people have their medicine!

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D

Shut up and sober up you dumb stoners. no one wants more of you losers around so stop hallucinating about imaginary people supporting this crap.

palmettoexile

What an extremely puerile response-if it could called such. Dumb stoners? Losers? Since when have people who suffer from debilitating pain, seizures, etc. become "imaginary" ? Only one who has no empathy for his fellow man would hurl such hate at those seeking relief.
I would suspect you, D, of being Mr. Ed's doppelganger, but the syntax is different.
I refuse to sink to your level; I will say, however, that I sincerely hope neither you nor any of your loved ones ever find themselves in need of medication that has been proven to be efficacious but is wrongly classified as illegal.
I, "D", am most definitely not an imaginary person nor am I a drunk stoner. I would respectively suggest you investigate the possibility of your joining an anger management group. You seem to desperately need a measure of peace.
I will remind you that over 70% of the voters in Florida support this Amendment. Somehow I doubt that this many are either stoners or imaginary. Medical marijuana has proven helpful- without the devastating side effects of opioids-in those who suffer from myriad diseases. Yet, our government continues to place marijuana in the same classification of drugs such as heroin. Who stands to profit from this continuing farce? Certainly not those risking jail to obtain relief from unbearable pain. I also doubt the parents of children with uncontrolled seizures would realize any financial gain. Who indeed?

FloridaMMTC

Medical marijuana is about...medical marijuana. If we focus on one issue at a time, creating a fair sense of debate instead of fear-mongering, we could come up with a solution that most can feel comfortable about. Look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved on. Florida has the opportunity to take the lead on medical marijuana regulation. floridammtc.org

BossIlluminati

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

Progressive_Patriot

Here's what will happen this November 4th: Amendment 2 will pass with more than 60% of Florida voters giving the "thumbs up"! Big Pharma, the FSA and all their friends employed in the prison-industrial complex, and every one of the prohibitionist zealots will sound out about how this will be the beginning of the End Times. They are fools and completely wrong, though, as recent history has demonstrated time and again in States across the country who have enacted similar laws. So, we'll all keep up the hard work promoting our respective positions, but it will have no impact on the prediction I've posted above. We WILL see medical marijuana legalized in Florida. The persecutions will stop, and the compassionate healing will begin...

ed jenkins

We have seen an increase in the claimed use of these dangerous illegal drugs as our hometown paper has continued to publish stories on this most horrible practice that greatly harms our family friendly state. The readers want an end to these most horrible stories so that families will again be able to accept this hometown paper in their homes without fear that their children could get ideas of using these dangerous illegal drugs.

Bo

I agree with Ed! Marijuana is a very very very dangerous drug! All these millions and millions of people who use it are all lying about how safe it is! It's a bluff! A concerted effort to spread lies about how safe it is!

In reality, marijuana kills people every day. A stoner gets high, and immediately becomes violent! Something about marijuana makes people very suddenly violent, and makes them want to kill little children! We MUST protect our little children from these evil pot smokers! Pot smokers (dopers, stoners, potheads, etc) are EXTREMELY dangerous people! They KILL people when they get high!

It makes white women want to sleep with black men and jazz musicians! We MUST stop this madness!

Further, we should stop even DISCUSSING it! We should not even TALK about marijuana, unless we're telling our little children how extremely dangerous it is, and how it will turn them into murdering zombies as soon as they smoke it! OH GOD! WHY!!!!?????

It's a gateway drug too! If you smoke pot, it makes you immediately want to go buy lots of really heavy drugs and do them. My nieces friend smoked pot once and five minutes later, she was SO high, she went to the drug area of town and started asking around for heroin and PCP and LSD!

We must not stop with pot either. We must stand together and BAN other products that pose a danger to our dear precious little children.

Cars kill kids every day! So does water! Also cigarettes, alcohol, and rattlesnakes. We must ban ALL of these things and throw anyone caught with them in prison for years. Trust me, you'll be thankful you spent your tax dollars looking after these so-called 'non-violent' offenders. Anyone driving a car is a potential killer! Anyone who carelessly lets their children bathe in a tub full of deadly water should be put away for life! It only takes a small amount of water to KILL children! We cannot let them get addicted to tobacco, because we all know the evil tobacco companies just want to get them hooked. But of course, tobacco is not MORE addictive than pot. That's a myth. It's also a myth that tobacco and alcohol are MORE dangerous than pot. Tobacco is actually GOOD for you, and alcohol tends to make people very friendly and accepting, versus the marijuana, which makes people want to kill children and rob banks.

Colorado legalized pot. You know what happened? A poor college kid got so high on it that he lept to his death! Another guy got so high he shot and killed his wife! They are currently blocking any news from getting out about the thousands of children that are being murdered by potsmokers though. I'm not sure why no-one is reporting on this. Probably the liberal media again, go figure!

If you don't agree with me, well, you really should. Marijuana is a plant that was put here by satan himself. He planted the seeds after he was kicked out of heaven by our lord. He lives underground, where he fertilizes marijuana roots with his vile urine. That's what causes it to make people go crazy, freak out, and kill children.

SAVE OUR CHILDREN FROM THE DEMON WEED! IF AMENDMENT 2 PASSES, POT ZOMBIES WILL TAKE OVER IN FLORIDA, AND KILL ALL OUR CHILDREN. VOTE NO! SAVE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR WHITE WOMEN!

Bo

I also agree with D. Anyone who smokes pot is a dumb stoner. Not sure if you know this or not, but when a person smokes pot, they get an overwhelming desire to dress and speak like Cheech and Chong. ALL pot smokers look just like Cheech and Chong usually. This is a good thing, because it makes them easy to spot.

Also, people who smoke pot will suddenly become very politically motivated over the issue of legalization. It's a knee-jerk reaction. Some of them may even appear to be somewhat intelligent at first glance over their musings. DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Even though they may spell better and have better grammar than you, IT'S THE POT TALKING! It's an accident really.

To recap: All pot smokers look just like Cheech and Chong, and they all are violent, evil people who want to kill your children, after they poison their young minds with discussion about so-called 'medical marijuana'. Who ever heard of a plant providing medicinal benefit anyway! Everyone knows that medicine only comes in pill and liquid form from a laboratory!

STAY AWAY FROM THE EVIL EVIL MARIJUANA!

Jeff Brown

Marijuana aka. cannabis, hemp is defined in the dictionary as a tall Asiatic herb. It has been used for thousands of years for physical and spiritual healing. Popular Mechanics called cannabis hemp a Billion dollar crop in 1938 because of all its uses, food, clothing, energy, medicine, plastics, etc. Henry Ford even built a car out of it.It is the number one most useful plant on the planet. The governments own National Commission on Marijuana in 1972 recommended that possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be a crime. The recommendation was supported by the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Public Health, the National Education Association and the National Council of Churches. Satan is the father of liars. All those speading lies about Gods most holy herb are the children of Satan.

John King, Tampa

John Morgan's law firm has sunk at least $3.5 million dollars in support of this campaign. I assume he has a plan to make it all back plus a handsome profit. It is interesting to note, two of the most abused substances, tobacco and alcohol are legal. Do we really need to legalize a third? Moreover, I don't see how legalizing marijuana will be particularly helpful to people who are struggling to overcome substance abuse.

Just a few observations for the benefit of every one's consideration.

I will be voting 'No' on Prop #2 this November.

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