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Chamber poll: Clinton, Rubio, medical pot leading



Floridians narrowly favor Hillary Clinton for president and Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll released Monday by the Florida Chamber.

A constitutional amendment to expand medical marijuana in the state is favord by 73 percent of voters, according to the poll, conducted via 617 live phone interviews statewide.

Clinton is up 43-41 against Donald Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson has 8 percent support.

Rubio leads Patrick Murphy 46-42 in the Senate race, right on the 4-percent margin of error.

The Chamber notes Trump is struggling in South Florida and among Hispanic voters and women but commands a lead among white voters in the state, largely mirroring trends nationwide.

On medical pot, the high numbers are significant, as it will take 60 percent support from voters to pass the amendment, and the earliest television ads are just beginning in opposition to the initiative.

Three other constitutional amendments are also polling above 60 percent. A solar power amendment backed by utility companies and the Chamber that would enshrine existing regulations in the state constitution has 66 percent support.  Two tax exemption amendments are polling well above 80 percent.

[Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 11:51am]


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