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Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Cruises in New Poll But Critic Pam Bondi Leads Dem Opponents

June 9, 2014 - 6:00pm

With five months to go until the November election, Florida voters appear strongly behind an amendment to bring medical marijuana to the Sunshine State even as they continue to back Attorney General Pam Bondi, a critic of the proposal, over Democratic rivals.

A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to prominent Democrats, finds Amendment 2, allowing more medical marijuana use in Florida, in excellent shape. The poll finds 66 percent of those surveyed support it while only 25 percent oppose it. The amendment needs 60 percent on the November ballot to pass.

The poll finds Floridians of all ages support the amendment though seniors support it less with only 58 percent of them backing it. Amendment 2 does much better with other age groups as 73 percent of voters under 30 -- 68 percent of 30- to 45-year-old voters and 69 percent of 46- to 65-year-old voters supporting it.

Republicans are split on the proposal with 44 percent backing it while 42 percent oppose it. But other voters are clearly on board with Amendment 2 with 83 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents supporting it.

Bondi gets mixed marks in the new poll but she still beats out her two Democratic rivals.

The poll finds 29 percent of Florida voters approve of Bondi while the same percentage disapprove of her. However, 42 percent of those surveyed are not sure what they think of Bondi.

Bondi takes 38 percent when matched against former DCF Secretary George Sheldon who follows with 35 percent while 27 percent are undecided. Bondi goes better when matched against House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, beating him 40 percent to 33 percent while 28 are undecided.

The poll finds independents are helping Bondi. She leads Sheldon by 8 percent with independent voters and does even better against Thurston, beating the Democrat by 14 percent with independent voters.

The poll of 672 Florida voters was taken from June 6-

9 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com,

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