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

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 10, 2014 12:55 PM
George Sheldon, Pam Bondi, Perry Thurston

George Sheldon, Pam Bondi, Perry Thurston

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, 

Comments (10)

Michael Higgs
1:05PM JUN 11TH 2014
Again, if you do not mention other candidates, you are unfairly skewing the polls.

Include Libertarians. Please stop being prejudicially motivated.

Thank you.
Florida MMTC Institute
10:13AM JUN 11TH 2014
MEDICAL marijuana doesn't have to be an all or nothing debate. Florida can look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved upon. Voters should educate themselves. floridammtc.org
Barney Bishop III
6:55AM JUN 11TH 2014
I'm surprised that you don't realize that a 70% margin on this amendment is not enough to sustain a concerted advertising campaign by the opponents...the amendment, and at least the polling firm finally asked the right question, needs to be in the high 70's or low 80's in order to weather the attack by opponents who will surely knock down these numbers...if this poll is correct, then if they lose almost 10% of the vote, the amendment is dead...
Jo Vaccarino
9:45PM JUN 10TH 2014
Had the poll included the FOURTH candidate for Attorney General, Bill Wohlsifer, I imagine he would have scored quite high. He is afterall, the drafter of the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Bill. Polls that exclude candidates are completely worthless and misleading.
Ron R
8:05PM JUN 10TH 2014
The one candidate who's done the most for medical marijuana - pro bono - Bill Wohlsifer gets left off the poll! Encourage all readers to research Wohlsifer - especially if you want to vote Yes On 2! He'll ensure that the laws are written w/ -'we the people' in mind and not special interests. it is encouraging to see so many are undecided which translates to Wohlsifer!
Matt Wright
6:41PM JUN 10TH 2014
This poll seems like it is slightly skewed. Bill Wohlsifer, who is a true supporter of medical marijuana, wasn't included. How can you have a accurate poll if not all candidates are included? I know he has my vote over the other two...
Steve Edmonds
5:43PM JUN 10TH 2014
The poll is obviously lacking the true advocate of medical marijuana. As the drafter of the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act and two other industrial hemp bills, there is a clear and unacceptable exclusion of Bill Wohlsifer in your available options. Please include him in your future polls.
5:09PM JUN 10TH 2014
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3:19PM JUN 10TH 2014
Yes on 2!
2:32PM JUN 10TH 2014
Pam is a self-centered politician who has proved she is willing to do what she thinks is best for Pam. With no real consideration for the people of Florida. She was willing to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money in what she thought would be a losing fight against obamacare, a federal law, then fought against Amendment 2 because it was against federal law. She lied to the Florida Supreme Court of the nature of Amendment 2, before the supporting laws have been written. She is a heartless, cold-blooded politician that cares only for herself and she needs to go. I ask that everybody Vote YES on Amendment 2 and make all strains of Medical Marijuana legal for Floridians. Thank You

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