New Poll: Gains for Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana, Rick Scott
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The poll of registered voters shows Scott with a small lead over former his leading Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist. Despite holding large leads over Scott throughout 2013 -- including a Human Events/Gravis poll from November which showed him ahead by 10 percent -- Crist has been caught in recent polls.
The new poll follows the recent trend of Crist's declining numbers, showing Scott edging his Democratic rival. Scott is ahead in the new poll with 41 percent followed by Crist with 39 percent. In a Gravis poll from March, Crist led Scott by 4 percent.
Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 6 percent, while 15 percent are undecided.
The new poll also shows support for Amendment 2 continues to build but, for the moment, is short of passing. For Amendment 2 to be added to the state Constitution, 60 percent of voters need to approve it at the November ballot.
The poll shows 50 percent of those surveyed back Amendment 2, while 37 percent oppose it and 13 percent remain undecided.
But the wind appears to be at Amendment 2‘s back as support for it continues to build. An April poll from Human Events and Gravis found more opposition to Amendment 2 when 46 percent of those surveyed were against, it while 45 percent supported it.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, ends June with the lead over her two Democratic rivals, according to the survey.
Bondi is ahead of House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, garnering 43 percent while Thurston follows with 38 percent.
Tallahassee attorney and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer picked up 5 percent. Sixteen percent of voters are on the fence.
Bondi does better when matched up against former DCF Secretary George Sheldon, beating him 43 percent to 35 percent.
The poll of 1,232 Florida voters was taken from June 21-23 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
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