Friday, July 19, 2024

Florida Marijuana Support Numbers Annoy DeSantis

A new poll shows that marijuana support has been steadily growing over the years.

Legal marijuana in Florida has been a heavily debated topic. Despite the fact that legalization is still not on the map, a new poll shows how much voters want to have the option. According to the survey, about three-fourths of Florida voters support legalizing cannabis for adults.

The survey was conducted by the University of North Florida, which has conducted some of these polls in the past. This year’s poll had the highest marijuana approval, surpassing the 2019 poll by 19%.  Governor Ron DeSantis has insisted he knows the voters will and they are mistaken.  DeSantis has been leaning into more of a nanny state model for Florida than most other states.

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Poll results indicate that 76% of voters stand in support of allowing adults to “legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.” Only 20% of poll voters opposed marijuana legalization. This support appeared regardless of race, political party, age, race and more.

Despite the overall embrace of marijuana, common trends of marijuana support did appear. For example, Democrats were more likely to support marijuana when compared to Republicans, with young voters being more likely to support it than older voters.

“Previous polls we conducted have shown support in the mid-60s for marijuana legalization but Floridians are now highly supportive of recreational marijuana,” said Michael Binder, UNF professor of political science.

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The poll survey the opinions of 600 voters, who provided answers to some of the state’s leading economical and social concerns. Some of the topics addressed include the new abortion bill that was passed in the House of Representatives, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, sports betting, and more.


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