Poll: 57% of Floridians opposed to Amendment 8, the so-called religious freedom amendment

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Only 17% of Florida voters interviewed in a new survey (via Wayne Bertsch) said they would vote for Amendment 8, which would prevent individuals from being barred from participating in public programs if they choose to use public funds at a religious provider. Fifty-eight percent said they would vote against it and 25% were unsure.

Although public schools might face drastic losses of funding that could adversely affect school budgets, as well as academic programs and services, parents of public school students were, statistically speaking, no more likely to oppose the issue, with 57% saying they will vote against it, compared to 60% among voters who were not public school parents. This indicates parents may not fully comprehend the stakes of this complex constitutional topic.

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.