Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalization of medical marijuana, pollsters said Wednesday, and most also favor legalization of recreational pot use.
The Quinnipiac University poll found 80 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment in November allowing for medical use of marijuana. Just 16 percent said they’d vote no.
Support is greater than 70 percent among every category pollsters analyzed, regardless of political party, gender, education, age and ethnicity.
The question was specific, asking people if they favored medical use of marijuana “for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician.”
But medical marijuana supporters shouldn’t count on a victory just yet.
Support for medical marijuana was also high before the 2014 election before an opposition campaign raised doubts among voters. Opponents have promised a vigorous opposition effort this year, which again could drive down support.
The constitutional amendment requires 60 percent of the vote to pass.
A majority of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Pollsters said 56 percent supported recreational use with 41 percent opposed.
The idea — which has been implemented in some states but isn’t under consideration in Florida — was supported by almost every group surveyed. Republicans and voters over age 65 were opposed to legalizing marijuana for personal use.
The findings come from an April 27 to May 8 Quinnipiac survey of 1,051 Florida voters. The poll, in which live interviewers called land lines and cell phones, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.