Right-leaning Amendments 6 and 8 in trouble, poll shows

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Two of the more controversial proposed constitutional amendments face a difficult path to approval, according to a Suffolk University/WSVN-TV poll released late Tuesday via the News Service of Florida.

The survey of 600 likely voters showed both Amendment 6, barring the use of taxpayer money for health insurance that covers abortion, and Amendment 8, doing away with a prohibition on the use of taxpayer money for faith-based social services, are well below the 60 percent support needed to gain approval. Just 44 percent of those surveyed said they supported Amendment 6, while 40 percent said they were opposed. Meanwhile, 52 percent said they opposed Amendment 8, while just 28 percent approved.

Voters did say they would vote for Amendment 2, which would lower property taxes for disabled veterans, by a 75-13 margin. The poll, conducted Sept. 27-30, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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