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Poll finds most Florida voters back adding abortion rights, marijuana legalization to state Constitution

Anthony Man, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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A majority of Florida voters — including more than half of Republicans surveyed — told pollsters they support a proposed amendment that would add a right to abortion to the state Constitution.

The poll from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, released Thursday, found 62% of state voters said they would vote “yes” if the measure appears on the November 2024 ballot.

UNF also said 67% of Florida voters are “yes” on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow adults in Florida to purchase and possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

The poll results suggest the measures could pass. Referendums require a 60% “yes” vote to become part of the Florida Constitution.

Abortion

The abortion question would enshrine a right to the procedure in the state Constitution. It would prohibit any state law that delays or bans abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the health of the patient.

 

The survey found 62% said they would vote yes, 29% no, and 9% said they didn’t know or wouldn’t answer.

“It looks like the proposed abortion amendment is right at that threshold among these respondents,” Michael Binder, a UNF political scientist and faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab, said in a statement accompanying the results.

Democrats: 77% yes, 17% no.

Republicans: 53% yes, 39% no.

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