Poll: Florida voters overwhelmingly support medical marijuana, oppose unions for college athletes

QUINNIPIAC, Conn. - Florida registered voters will vote this November whether to allow the regulated use of medical marijuana in the state. A new poll finds that referendum is likely pass with ease.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds Florida voters support 88 to 10 percent that adults should be legally allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor's prescription. In fact, support is over 80 percent among all groups polled.

"If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

However, the poll finds Floridians are more divided whether the personal use of marijuana for non-medical purposes should be allowed.

Men support so-called recreational marijuana 58 to 38 percent. Women are only in favor 48 to 46 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error.

Voters over the age of 65 and Republicans oppose the use of recreational marijuana by a wide margin, 61 to 33 percent and 64 to 33 percent respectively. Support for recreational marijuana is highest among voters 18 to 29.

Interesting, a majority of Florida voters, 55 percent, say marijuana is equally or more dangerous than alcohol. Only 39 percent say it is less dangerous.

The poll also asked Floridians whether college athletes should be allowed to form unions.

Voters oppose 51 to 41 percent allowing athletes to form a union and 63 to 31 percent paying salaries to athletes above the scholarships they already receive.

Support for a college athlete union is highest among Democrats, voters ages 18 to 29, and Hispanic and African-American voters. All other groups polled oppose the unions.

"The overall findings should not be terribly surprising given the relatively low level of union membership throughout the state," says Brown.

There is one thing Florida voters can agree upon. A majority of voters believe colleges are losing sight of their academic mission.

"That doesn't stop crowds from filling the stands on Saturday 'Game Day' at the state's various college football powers,” added Brown.

Quinnipiac University survey 1,413 registered voters from April 23 to 28 for the poll. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

To see the complete results, click here .

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