Poll: Floridians worried
The first annual Leadership Florida "Sunshine State Survey" found Floridians generally pleased with their local schools but deeply worried about the state's future and pessimistic about all branches of government. The Oct. 2-11 poll of 1,200 Florida residents by Mason-Dixon polling showed the Crist administration is leading citizens keenly interested in improving public schools and better managing growth. Some highlights:
More Floridians believe the state will be a worse place to live in five years than those who believe it will be better; Floridians rank K-12 education and public schools as the most important issue facing the state, followed by insurance rates, with growth management and healthcare tying for third; No level of government came close to receiving good/excellent ratings from a majority of respondents. Most voters gave fair/poor ratings to each level of government, with 71% for the federal government, 61% for state government, 55% for county governments, 42% for local school boards and 38% for city governments; Almost 60% rated the state’s job of providing good public education as only fair or poor, but half of respondents rated the quality of education in their local public schools as excellent or good; 52% of respondents do not believe that their local government is effectively managing growth in the community and 59% say the lack of affordable housing is a serious problem for current Florida residents.
“While expressing optimism, respondents’ projections about downturns in quality of life and low government ratings make it clear that Floridians are decidedly concerned about the future of our state, and our leadership must sit up, take notice and take action,” said political scientist Susan MacManus.