Florida poll: Yes on weed, Crist over Scott, split on gay marriage

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Gov. Rick Scott looks to be in trouble heading into the 2014 governor’s race should he be challenged by … Charlie Crist, according to results from the latest StPetePolls survey via William Mansell of Patch. 

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. 

More from Mansell here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.