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Florida voters support changes to marijuana and abortion laws in Fox News poll


Governor Ron DeSantis opposes both amendments.

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A new Fox News poll shows that there is broad support in Florida for proposed constitutional amendments to allow recreational marijuana use and protect access to abortion on the 2024 ballot.

Of the more than 1,000 voters surveyed in early June, 66 percent supported the marijuana measure (Amendment 3) and 69 percent supported the abortion measure (Amendment 4).

To pass, a nationwide approval rating of at least 60% is required.

Fox News' results released on Thursday are notable in several ways.

They show that Florida may be more politically contested than previously thought, with President Joe Biden trailing former President Donald Trump by just four percentage points in the upcoming Florida election, which is within the margin of error.

But the Fox News poll shows Trump's lead grows to 7% when multiple third-party candidates are included.

Biden's average deficit across polls is more than 9 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. Trump beat Biden in the Sunshine State by nearly 3.5 points in 2020.

“While not widely considered a swing state this election cycle, the poll shows President Joe Biden within striking distance,” Fox News wrote.

However, the results on the amendments are less clear than in other recent surveys.

A USA TODAY/Ipsos poll in April found both goals were below average. A Florida Chamber of Commerce poll conducted a few weeks later found the marijuana measure narrowly failed and the abortion measure narrowly passed.

The Fox News poll, conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research, shows that half of Republicans support the abortion amendment and 57 percent support the marijuana amendment.

Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of Democrats support the marijuana measure and 92 percent support the abortion amendment, the poll says.

Independents also supported both: 68 percent were in favor of abortion protection and 71 percent were in favor of allowing “adult use of marijuana.”

Governor Ron DeSantis opposes both amendments, but the Fox News poll shows he has less support than they do. Respondents gave him an approval rating of 52%, down from previous years.

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∎ The topline of the survey can be found here and the crosstabs here.

This reporting content is supported by a partnership with Freedom Forum and Journalism Funding Partners. USA TODAY Network-Florida First Amendment reporter Douglas Soule can be reached at DSoule@gannett.com.

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