Florida: New Telephone Poll Indicates Governors' Race Tight; Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Passing; Bondi Leading for AG | Gravis Marketing | Political Poll

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Gravis marketing latest telephone poll shows Medical Marijuana close to the 60% threshold. The telephone survey also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist race for Governor too close to call.

With the November election less than nine months away, a new telephone poll provides insight to how voters are leaning in two significant races and one controversial ballot issue. The results of a telephone survey of 803 random registered voters, is being released by Florida-based Gravis Marketing.

Medical Marijuana

Orlando based attorney John Morgan poured millions of dollars into the successful campaign to get the medical marijuana issue on the November ballot. His efforts even survived a challenge from Attorney General Pam Bondi. The new Gravis Marketing poll gives insight to how voters are currently feeling about the issue.

When faced with the broad question of whether they support the issue, 57% of those surveyed indicated they would, 31% said they would be opposed, with 11% unsure.

According to Doug Kaplan President Of Gravis Marketing "The telephone poll results change significantly as voters were asked to consider varying issues. http://gravismarketing.com/polling-and-market-research/florida-polling-governors-race-tight-ag-interesting-marijuana-inconsistent-2/

When reminded that the production and sale of marijuana are prohibited by federal law, 54% said they would be opposed to the amendment with only 27% being in favor. In this example, 19% remained unsure."

When polled about the amendment and asked if caregivers with substance abuse problems or those with a criminal past should be allowed to administer medical marijuana, support dropped further, with only 25% saying they would support it. Under those conditions 67% said they would not support the issue with 8% unsure.

When asked if medical marijuana should be prescribed for children, similarly negative results were received with 64% opposed and 26% in favor. A total of 11% of respondents said they would be unsure in those circumstances.

The circumstances surrounding the use of medical marijuana have a significant effect on voters. When asked if medical marijuana should be used for minor conditions, 46% said yes, while 39% said no. When asked if medical marijuana should be used in all cases, 66% said no, while only 26% said yes. Finally when asked if it should be used in non-serious issues, 60% said they would not support the issue with 27% saying yes.

The Race for Governor

Results of the survey confirm the race for the Governor’s seat is close to a dead heat. The survey indicates that right now, 47% of the voters surveyed would cast ballots for challenger Charlie Crist and 44% for incumbent Rick Scott. The survey also states that Adrian Wylie would garner 3% of the vote. Results indicate that the 6% of undecided voters are likely to have a major impact on the fall election.

The Race for Attorney General

The survey also shows where voters currently stand on the race for Attorney General, and how differing candidates could impact that race. When asked who they would vote for in a race between Pam Bondi , Perry Thurston and Bill Wohlsifer, Bondi would get 45% of the vote, followed by Thurston’s 36%, with Wohlsifer showing 6% support. In this particular race, 12% of voters remain undecided.

When asked how they would vote if George Sheldon would replace Perry Thurston on the ballot, Bondi’s support drops slightly to 44% while Sheldon would get the same 36% support as Thurston. In this scenario, Wohlsifer support drops to 4% and the level of undecided voters increase to 16%.

While Bondi’s support is significant at this point, so are the number of undecided voters. They may well impact the upcoming November election in the race for Attorney General .

About Gravis Marketing

The survey, conducted by Gravis Marketing, has a margin of error of 4%. Gravis Marketing is a political polling and market research firm that conducts political surveys and public opinion polls. Doug Gravis, president of the firm, appears regularly with Carmen Russell-Sluchansky on the Campaign Connection segment on 1430 AM NYC, and 1390 AM Washington DC, The Ed Dean Show in Orlando, and is the official pollster for Capitol Correspondent in Washington DC. :List of Gravis Marketing services http://gravismarketing.com/polling-and-market-research

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