Support for Medical Marijuana, Minimum-Wage Hike Strong
Around the State
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.
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