March 17, 2014
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
A new University of North Florida poll reveals Charlie Crist has a single percentage point lead over Gov. Rick Scott — 34-to-33 percent among registered voters — in the gubernatorial race. Respondents were given the additional choice of “somebody else” in the answer options, and “somebody else,” combined with the “don’t know” and “no answer” responses, accounted for 34 percent of responses. In addition, 45 percent of registered voters polled approve of how Scott is handling his job as Florida’s governor, down from the 49-percent approval rating in October 2013.
Seventy-four percent of registered voters polled responded that they would vote “yes” for Proposition 2, allowing the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. This is in stark contrast to the percentage of registered voters polled who support allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, which is 41 percent.
When asked about the “Stand Your Ground” law, 62 percent of registered voters polled supported requiring people to take reasonable steps to retreat before using force to defend themselves. In regard to vehicle registration fees, 55 percent of respondents supported the statewide reduction of vehicle registration fees by approximately $12 from the current rate of $84, even if state revenues decrease by about $250 million per year.
The survey was conducted through the use of a 27-station telephone-polling laboratory at UNF. A polling sample was selected through the use of random-digit-dialing methodology. A cell phone sample was used to increase representation. Age, gender, race education and party registration were weighted to the most recent U.S. Census data, as well as to statistics from the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.
The survey was conducted between Thursday, March 6, and Sunday, March 16, and includes 507 registered voters (+/- 4.35 percent). Approximately 50 trained interviewers participated in the data collection.
Below are the full results. For further information or questions about methodology, contact Dr. Michael Binder, UNF assistant professor of political science, at (904) 620-1205 or
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*Data is weighted by age, gender, race, education and party registration.
If the election for Governor was being held today, whom would you vote for between Rick Scott the Republican, Charlie Crist the Democrat or somebody else?
March 2014 (N=507)
Don’t Know/No Answer
Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Rick Scott is handling his job as Governor of Florida?
October 2013 (N=526)
Approve (Strongly and Somewhat)
Disapprove (Strongly and Somewhat)
Proposition 2 on the statewide ballot in the fall of 2014 is called “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.” This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote Yes or No for this proposition?
March 2014 (N=485)
Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use?
March 2014 (N=447)
Current Florida law states that a person “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force to prevent death or great bodily harm to themselves or someone else.” Do you support or oppose requiring people to take reasonable steps to retreat before using force to defend themselves?
March 2014 (N=476)
Do you support or oppose the state reducing vehicle registration fees by about 12 dollars from the current rate of 84 dollars if it decreases state revenues by about 250 million dollars per year?
March 2014 (N=472)
Are you a registered Democrat, Republican, No Party Affiliation or are you not registered to vote?
March 2014 (N=488)
No Party Affiliation and Others
What is your age?
March 2014 (N=445)
What best describes your racial or ethnic background?
White or Caucasian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
What is the highest grade in school or year of college you have completed?
Less than high school degree
High School Graduate
What is your annual household income?
Less than $25,000
$25,000 to $50,000
$50,000 to $75,000
$75,000 to $100,000
March 2014 (N=444)
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