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PPP Poll: Florida voters don't like Medicare changes or gay marriage but love the Gators

The Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling dips back into Florida for views on Medicare, gay marriage and whether voters like Democrats or Republicans better.

  • 40 percent of voters say they oppose the House GOP plan to overhaul Medicare, with 24 percent supporting and 36 percent with no opinion. Independents split against it by a 42/25 margin, and Democrats (58%) are a lot more unified in their opposition to it than Republicans (43%) are in their support.
  • A majority of Florida voters still express opposition to gay marriage even as much of the country moves in support of it. 53% think it should be illegal to just 37% who think it should be permitted. There's a huge generational divide on the issue with voters under 45 thinking it should be legal but far outweighed by the 65% of seniors who don't think it should be.
  • Florida voters prefer Democrats by a 45-40 margin on the generic Congressional ballot over Republicans. The GOP enjoys a 35-30 edge with independents but they were winning by "much loftier margins than that in 2010," according to PPP.
  • When it comes to Floridians' favorite professional sports team it's all about football. 17% of voters in the state say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are their favorite to 16% each for the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. The state's NBA teams come next in the pecking order with 14% saying the Miami Heat are their top team and 11% picking the Orlando Magic. Baseball teams come next with the Tampa Bay Rays tying the Magic at 11% and the Florida Marlins coming right behind at 10%. Bringing up the rear are the state's two hockey teams with the Tampa Bay Lightning at 4% and the Florida Panthers at 2%.

  • There's a more clear leader when it comes to Florida's favorite college sports program. That's the Gators at 30%, followed by Florida State at 19%, Central Florida at 11%, Miami at 9%, South Florida at 6%, Florida Atlantic at 5%, and Florida International at just 1%. Pretty embarrassing numbers for the Hurricanes given the historic success of their athletic programs as opposed to Central Florida- of course the public vs. private nature of the schools and the Golden Knights' comparatively massive student body and alumni base might have something to do with that.

Full results here.

PPP has been doing unsolicited polls in key states this year. Its automated calling techniques -- not to mention Democratic leanings -- have been scrutinized but the firm has also drawn recent praise.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 5:24pm]


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