The latest Quinnipiac University swing state poll shows close to 90 percent of Florida voters would support legalizing medical marijuana, a positive sign for supporters hoping to get a new amendment on the 2016 ballot.
Of the 1,173 registered Florida voters polled from Sept. 25 – Oct. 5, a large majority, 87 percent, said they supported making marijuana legal for medical purposes as prescribed by a doctor.
Just over half, 51 percent, supported legalizing "recreational" marijuana for personal use. However, only 7 percent said they would definitely use pot if it was legalized, and another 19 percent would "probably use" it. In contrast, 65 percent said they definitely would not use marijuana.
The Quinnipiac poll asked similar questions to voters in the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and received similar results. In both states, 90 percent said they would support medical marijuana.
Here are some other highlights from the latest Quinnipiac swing state poll, released Thursday. The complete results are included below ▼.
Dems fair better in 2016 Senate race for Rubio's seat
- Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) leads Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R), 37% – 29%
- Murphy also tops Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), 37% – 30%
- Rep. Alan Grayson (D) has a smaller lead when pitted against Lopez-Cantera, 35% – 32%
- Grayson also leads DeSantis, 37% – 31%
The poll did not look at who would win in a primary race between Murphy and Grayson. The winner of the general election in November 2016 will take the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for president.
Scott's approval rating is down, Rubio's is up
- 41% of Floridians approve of Gov. Rick Scott's performance, 47% disapprove
- Rubio has a 52% approval rating in Florida, 36% disapprove
- Senior Sen. Bill Nelson (D) has a 46% approval rating in Florida, only 27% disapprove
- President Barack Obama has a 45% approval rating in Florida, 51% disapprove
According to another Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, Rubio is not Florida's top choice in the Republican race for the White House. Donald Trump leads the GOP candidates in the Sunshine State at 28 percent among polled Florida Republican voters, followed by Ben Carson (16 percent), Rubio (14 percent) and former Gov. Jeb Bush (12 percent).
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