Gay marriage has been perfectly legal through out the Sunshines State for two-and-a-half months now, and you might notice that society hasn't collapsed, the end of days has not descended upon us, and most straight people continue on about their life virtually unaffected. In fact, a new poll confirms that 67 percent of Floridians agree that gay marriage had absolutely no effect on their lives.
The same poll also found that Floridians haven't changed their position on medical marijuana much since a ballot initiative failed last fall, just barely failing short of the 60 percent required to pass. The poll finds 58 percent are still in favor of medical marijuana.
The numbers all come from Public Policy Polling. Yesterday the firm revealed the somewhat surprising finding that Attorney General Pam Bondi may be Republican's best hope to keep Marco Rubio's Senate seat should he run for president. Today they're dumping the odds and ends on us.
Since gay marriage came to Florida in January, pollsters haven't really been keeping track of the issue. PPP didn't ask respondents how they felt about the issues, but did ask them if it had any noticeable impact on their lives.
- 14 percent said it had a positive impact on their lives
- 20 percent said it had a negative impact
- 67 percent said it had no impact at all
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So, as it turns out, no one really cares except probably LGBT people, their families, and fuming bigots. That should be expected as any talk of trying to fight gay marriage in Florida existed only around the fringes.
The poll also asked "whether you support or oppose a ballot initiative allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes." Fifty-eight percent said they would, 35 percent were still against it, and 7 percent said they weren't sure. Interestingly, last year's ballot initiative had 57.62 vote yes and 42.38 percent vote no. The initiative would need to pass with 60 percent. It seems medical marijuana advocates just need to change the minds of the 7 percent who are undecided.
The poll also found that Rick Scott remains unpopular in the state. Forty-six percent said they disapproved of the job he was doing, while 42 percent said they approved. Scott would also be crushed in a hypothetical senate race against Bill Nelson, 47-43.
Fifty-eight percent of Floridians also said they want Florida to accept federal funding to expand Medicare coverage, a position Scott is staunchly against.