Florida Poll: 'Yes' on Weed, Crist Over Scott, Split on Gay Marriage

StPetePolls released the results of its latest survey Sunday night.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Credit: Patch
Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Credit: Patch
Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott looks to be in trouble heading into the 2014 governor's race should he be challenged by St. Pete resident Charlie Crist, according to results from the latest StPetePolls survey

Of the 3,034 people surveyed in the scientific poll, 40.1 percent said they would support Crist while 29.5 percent would vote for Scott. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie received 8.7 percent support and 21.7 percent of respondents said they were unsure. 

Other results of the survey showed Floridians are split on a constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage, support medical marijuana and are split on changing the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws. 

According to the poll, 46.3 percent of respondent said they would support gay marriage, compared to 46.9 percent who said no; 6.8 percent said they were unsure. 

More than 73 percent of respondents said they would support a Florida Constitutional amendment to allow the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions if authorized by a doctor. More than 58 percent said they would support legalizing and taxing marijuana similar to alcohol. 

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws came into the national spotlight during the George Zimmerman trial and, much like the nation, Florida is split on law.

StPetePolls results show 42.9 percent support the current law, while 35.8 percent said the law needs some changes, 12.2 percent said it should be abolished and 9.1 percent are unsure. 

Poll Notes
  • Crist received 61.3 percent support from Democrats, 39.9 percent from Independents and 16 percent from Republicans. Scott received 11.4 percent support from Democrats, 56 percent from republicans and 20.1 percent from Independents. 
  • A majority of Democrats (81.8 percent), Republicans (59.9 percent) and Independents (81.6 percent) support medical marijuana. 
  • Legalizing marijuana similar to alcohol received 66.4 percent support from Democrats, 44.6 percent from Republicans and 67.9 percent from Independents. 
  • Gay marriage in Florida has support from 57.1 percent of Democrats, 29.2 percent from Republicans and 54.3 percent from Independents.
For a further break down of survey demographics, including race, gender and age, visit StPetePolls. 
Frank C. August 06, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Thank God we are going to get rid of Scott! He only supports issues for the ultra rich and forgets about the rest of us in Florida.
Dale Doelling August 07, 2013 at 06:43 AM
My wife and I are going to stay in Florida just long enough to vote for ADRIAN WYLLIE for Governor. If he should win, well, that will be the deciding factor as to whether we stay or not. I, for one, am fed up with the likes of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. Florida can do better! And, luckily for all of us, we'll get the opportunity to really change the political landscape in 2014. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! VOTE for ADRIAN WYLLIE!
Bev Baker August 07, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Frank C. - we need to get rid of Scott but we absolutely cannot return to Crist. This state is in dire straits, businesses are boarding up left and right and the only jobs to be found are part-time for minimum wage. Everyone needs to seriously look into the Libertarian Candidate Adrian Wyllie. He is not interested in climbing a political ladder - he truly wants to FIX things. Scott claims to have cut the budget but all he did was cut the amount of the increase. Crist blows in whatever way the polls blow as evidenced by him being a Republican before he was an Independent before he was a Democrat. People need to throw away the party label and start looking at a man's convictions. Scott was a known crook - not someone that needs to be in office. Wyllie is a family man and small business man, who understands what is needed to protect Floridians from the overreach of the Federal Government as well as restore Florida. Our small towns are in dire straits because the State is passing on the burdens to them. Wyllie is a candidate who is talking about the real common sense solutions for Florida. He is a candidate that is talking about protecting your constitutionally protected rights. He is a candidate who understands that in order to be fiscally conservative you must actually cut the budget and not just slow the increase. We have tried the status quo and it is NOT working.
Steve August 11, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Here's the prob: Whyllie is apt to split the Crist vote--which is kind of what brought us Rubio as a Senator and could easily bring us another term of Pink-Slip Rick... Meanwhile, the word ought to be more out on this underhanded trick perpetrated by BOTH Scott and our Republican Lesislators: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-rick-scottrepublicans
Paul Ray November 10, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Help us if Charlie the rep, err, indep, errr, democrat becomes governor. This man is an opportunist at best, presided over the largest deficit in this states history, over the largest increase of unemployment, and did not to at least even attempt to turn it around. Please people, with the pain we are all feeling from the Obama care debacle, think before you vote, it has serious consequences for everyone.


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