An overwhelming majority of Florida voters — 71 percent — support prohibiting motorists from text messaging while driving, according to a new Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll.
Florida is one of only 15 states without some kind of ban. A measure to enforce one is being considered by the Legislature during the current session, but lawmakers say it has a dim chance of passing. Many Republicans, including House Speaker Dean Cannon, say it would infringe on personal liberty and be difficult to enforce.
But the poll shows strong support statewide for a ban, with 27 percent opposing and 2 percent undecided.
"If I'm a legislator, this is a no-brainer for me to vote for," said Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll. "There's been very, very good public relations done nationwide, and even in Florida, that this is dangerous to do, and that's obviously getting through."