Support for Medical Marijuana, Minimum-Wage Hike Strong

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 26, 2014 2:15 PM
Medical Marijuana
A poll from St. Leo University released Wednesday finds strong support for legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State and raising the minimum wage but divided on immigration reform. 

Floridians will vote on a proposed state Constitution amendment in November to legalize medical marijuana. If it garners 60 percent, the proposed amendment will pass. The poll finds 75 percent of those surveyed favor legalizing medical marijuana with 30 percent of the total surveyed backing across-the-board legalization. Only 19 percent say they think marijuana should remain illegal under all circumstances.

With President Barack Obama proposing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the poll shows most Floridians want it to be increased. Almost three-quarters -- 73 percent -- of those surveyed support raising the minimum wage while only 24 percent oppose the idea.

The poll shows a solid majority -- 61 percent -- support paths to citizenship for undocumented aliens with certain conditions while 9 percent want across-the-board legalization. Less than a third of those surveyed -- 29 percent -- want to get undocumented aliens out of the United States.

But Florida remains very divided on giving in-state tuition to undocumented aliens. A poll from the University of North Florida (UNF) released earlier on Wednesday found the same thing.

Less than a third of those surveyed -- 32 percent -- support the current legislative proposal to give undocumented students in-state tuition rates, while 36 percent oppose the idea and 19 percent think undocumenteds should not be allowed in state colleges and universities.

With the support of  Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, a bill giving undocumented students in-state tuition rates passed the Florida House earlier this month. Its fate in the Florida Senate, where it is opposed by President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is uncertain.

The poll of 500 voters, was taken March 16-19 and had a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (5)

Barney Bishop III
5:34PM MAR 27TH 2014
The Medical Marijuana is not a valid question because it does not ask the question to likely voters as they will actually see it on the ballot...if the questions isn't asked in the same form as we will see it on the ballot, then the answer is not going to be accurate...I'm surprised that St. Leo University is asking the question in this manner...I'm also concerned in looking into St.Leo's methodology on polling that they are usine "panels" and that they get paid 50 cents into an ITune account...this demographic is skewed towards young "likely" voters, which again brings into question any poll results...
7:33AM MAR 27TH 2014
I think whether or not they'll raise the minimum wage is if Wal-Mart supports it or not.
(That's pretty much how it got passed last time.)

We'll see. I read in the WSJ Wal-Mart's sales are down because minimum wage workers can't afford to shop there. They shop at the dollar stores.

Same article said GAP supports it and has already raised their minimum wage.

It seems to me it would be wise for them to raise it. An extra $120 in the pockets of over 8 million minimum wage workers would do more for the economy than one billion dollars would do sitting in the bank accounts of the super wealthy. Multiply that, even better.

However, if it passes I wouldn't mind seeing a lower minimum wage established for teenagers, felons, or anyone who an employer might be afraid to give a chance to (like those new to the workforce etc,).
I think that would not only solve some of our unemployment problems but it would also encourage more employers to hire Americans rather than guestworkers (or illegal immigrants).
8:45PM MAR 28TH 2014
Under the current system, undocumented workers (illegal immigrants) are the ones who work for below minimum wage. Are you SURE you want to transfer that to teenagers, felons, or "those new to the workforce", so that more "Americans" can get jobs? That sounds like a step backwards for "Americans". Wouldn't you rather just have lower prices?? (p.s. a raise in the minimum wage stimulates inflation.)
8:33PM MAR 26TH 2014
1)If/when they raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hr, there will be even more unemployed. On the bright side, they will have time to enjoy their medical marijuana. 2)Don't be mean. Grant undocumented students in-state tuition please. They're just young people trying to make a better future for themselves.
3:12PM MAR 26TH 2014
It is time for Florida to legalize Medical Marijuana. I ask that everybody Vote YES on Amendment 2. Thank You

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