New Poll Shows Majority of Florida Voters Support Legalization

A Quinnipiac University poll released on May 5th is showing support for medical marijuana in Florida to be in the range of 80-93%. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,413 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The poll showed that 88% of Floridians support, “allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” with only 10% opposed to it. Support among Democrats was at 93%, while Republicans had the lowest amount of support, but still overwhelmingly in favor, at 80%. 16% of Republicans said that they were opposed to medical marijuana. 84% of Florida’s senior citizens also support medical marijuana, with only 13% of seniors opposing it.

No gender, age, or racial demographic showed less than 84% support.

Full legalization of marijuana also has majority support in the Sunshine State, with 53% of Floridians saying they support “allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” and 45% of Floridians admitting that they have used marijuana themselves. The highest demographic to admit smoking were voters 50-64 years old, with 62% of them admitting marijuana use. Males support legalizing marijuana 58-32%, while women were more divided, with 48% in support of legalization and 46% opposed. 82% of Floridians believe that marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, and 39% said it was less dangerous than alcohol, and only 12% believed it to be more harmful than alcohol. 54% of Floridians do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug.

Gaps exist among gender, age, and political demographics. The youth vote (voters 18-29) is overwhelmingly in favor of full legalization, with 72% in favor of legalization and 24% opposed to it. 61% of voters over the age of 65 support full legalization, while 33% of them oppose it. Independents were the highest political demographic to support full legalization, with 61% of them supporting legalization and 36% opposed. 59% of Democrats said they support legalization, while 34% of them are opposed to it. And the political demographic with the lowest support for full legalization were Republicans, with just 33% in support of it and 64% opposed to it.

“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Peter A. Brown, the Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “With almost nine in 10 voters favoring legalization for medical purposes, and bills allowing such use advancing in the State Legislature, the odds seem pretty good Florida may join the states which already have done so.”

To see the Quinnipiac poll go to: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/florida/release-detail?ReleaseID=2038