Poll: Floridians Support Immigrants, Planned Parenthood, and Income Equality but Not Iran Arms Deal
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According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, most Floridians generally support the policies of Barack Obama and his Democratic party, but the controversial Iran Arms Deal is a bridge too far for most. The deal with Tehran is widely disapproved of across the state's demographics.
But continuing federal funding to Planned Parenthood, allowing undocumented immigrants to stay, and taking on the income gap through federal action are all winning positions in the Sunshine State.
Here's the breakdown from the latest wide-ranging survey:
Abortion and Planned Parenthood
The poll found 53 percent of Floridians say that abortion should be legal in most or some cases. 29 percent say it should be illegal in most cases, but only 11 percent say it should be illegal in all cases (the position held by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, because, as he explained, a human embryo cannot become a cat).
Also, 42 percent said that they had a general favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, compared to 40 percent who said they did not. The survey found 48 percent opposed the federal government cutting funding to Planned Parenthood (federal funding is used by the organization to fund other general health and reproductive services, but not abortion procedures), while 42 percent supported the idea.
The Income Gap
In all, 52 percent of Floridians said the federal government should "pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans," compared to just 39 percent who said they should not. A higher 55 percent supported "increasing taxes on higher income earners to reduce the amount of taxes paid by the middle class," compared to the same 39 percent who did not.
The poll found that 61 percent of Floridians said they felt the Iran deal would make the world less safe, compared to only 27 percent who felt it would make the world safer. Unsurprisingly, 61 percent opposed the deal compared to just 25 percent who supported it.
Quinnipiac found that 65 percent said undocumented workers should be allowed to stay in America. (That breaks down to 53 percent who believe they should stay and be granted citizenship, and 12 percent who believe they should stay but not be given citizenship.) Only 31 percent said they should be deported. Quinnipiac also polled citizens in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the same poll, and support for deportation was notably lower in Florida than it was in the other two swing states.
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When it comes to sending ground troops to fight ISIS, 55 percent of Floridians supported the idea compared to just 40 who opposed it, while 63 percent said America and its allies are losing the war against ISIS.
As for President Obama himself, just 41 percent said they approve of the job he's doing, compared to 56 percent who disapprove. Only 26 percent say they would like to see him serve a third term if it were possible.