PPP poll: Majority of Floridians support ‘path to citizenship’

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The latest data from Public Policy Polling: 53% of Florida voters support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, compared to 31% of voters who are opposed to it. There’s a bipartisan consensus on the issue with independents (58/25), Democrats (57/30), and Republicans (45/35) all supportive of reform.

Marco Rubio’s been a leading voice on the immigration issue recently. 31% of voters say they support his stance on immigration while 27% disagree and 42% aren’t sure either way. What’s interesting within the crosstabs is that 28% of voters who say they support his position on immigration actuallyoppose a path to citizenship. And 65% of voters who say they oppose his position actually support a path to citizenship. Those numbers suggest a lot of people on both sides are reacting more to his party label than his actual position on the issue when assessing their opinion of Rubio’s view.

We also asked voters their opinion about Jeb Bush’s stance on a path to citizenship…but 57% of voters said they’re not sure what it is.

-75% of Florida voters support at least civil unions for same sex couples, compared to only 23% who think there should be no form of legal recognition for them. 80% of independents, 74% of Republicans, and 72% of Democrats support either gay marriage or civil unions. When asked about the specific domestic partner bill that was recently introduced in the Florida legislature though 60% of voters said they had no opinion, with 23% supportive of and 17% opposed to it. Those numbers mostly reflect the average voter not paying much attention to the legislature.

-51% of Floridians say they generally support stronger gun laws, compared to 43% who are opposed to adopting stricter rules. On the more specific issue of an assault weapons ban voters are very closely divided with 47% favoring it and 45% against.

-When we polled Floridians about former Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll last summer, only 27% of voters had heard of her. Even after a week where she was very much in the news following her resignation, we still find only 31% of voters in the state have an opinion about her. Her net favorability has unsurprisingly dropped 18 points from +1 last summer (14/13) to now -17 (7/24).

-We find Florida voters closely divided in their opinion about both Barack Obama (49/48) and each of their US Senators- Marco Rubio is at 44/43 and Bill Nelson comes in at 38/40.

-Finally sinkholes have been prominent in the Florida news lately and we find that 34% of voters in the state are concerned about falling into one (13% ‘very concerned) while 67% are not worried about that happening to them. Interestingly there is a large partisan divide when it comes to concern about falling into a sinkhole with 46% of Democrats but only 22% of Republicans worried about getting sucked into the ground.

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.