Poll on Florida’s Amendment #2

A poll released Monday shows that 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, bolstering the arguments of advocates who have placed a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking legalization.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates widespread support across political and demographic lines — Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old — for legal medical marijuana if it is prescribed by physicians. The constitutional amendment needs approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.

The Quinnipiac poll found that legal use of medical marijuana was supported by 93 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of independents and 80 percent of Republicans. It was supported by 92 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 and 84 percent of voters ages 65 and older.

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For me this comes down to the people’s right to individual freedom. Government shouldn’t have the power to interfere with the decisions people make about how they live their lives, provided your activities don’t negatively affect the people around you.

RCP Poll Tracking

RCP is great blog, and they also do a nice job of tracking polling stats. They don’t update as often as some of the tracking sites, but they do organize it well, and have a nice flash based “RCP Graph” for both the Republican & Democrat races.

A current summary – Clinton won the nomination, Edwards et al. need to get over it and move on. Thompson surges on Guiliani, and most polls have ‘the big spender’ beating Guiliani by about 3 points. Click on the “general election polls” and the “RCP Chart” links on the side to see the graphs.

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