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Poll: 93% of Floridians believe travelers should be allowed to rent accommodations other than hotels

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Floridians are showing their love for vacation rentals.

A new poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research showed 93 percent of Floridians believed travelers should be allowed to rent accommodations other than hotels, like vacation rentals; a sign lawmakers could face opposition if they try to restrict the rights of homeowners to offer vacation rentals.

The Jacksonville-based polling firm conducted the poll of 635 registered Florida voters by phone from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. The survey, which was first reported by POLITICO Florida, has a margin of error of 4 percent.

The survey showed 61 percent of Floridians said state and local governments shouldn’t have the authority to ban homeowners from renting out their private homes for less than 30 days. The poll found 65 percent of Southeast Florida voters and 63 percent of Central Florida voters said local governments shouldn’t have the authority to ban homeowners from renting out private homes.

More than 80 percent of Floridians said they thought vacation rentals are an important component of the state’s tourism industry. Nearly 60 percent said vacation rentals, like beach houses, were very important to the state’s tourism industry; while 26 percent said it was somewhat important.

The survey also found 41 percent of Floridians said online platforms, like Airbnb and Homeaway, help the Florida economy.

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