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Perspective: What Florida political insiders are saying

Published Jan. 8, 2016

What the insiders told the Times

Would you say the Florida Legislature is more or less responsive to citizens than 10 years ago?

. 27 Republicans say it's the same.

. 26 Republicans say less.

. 10 Republicans say more.

. 39 Democrats say less.

. 9 Democrats say the same.

. 0 Democrats say more.

. 8 of "no party affiliation" or "other" say less.

. 3 of "no party affiliation" say the same.

Do you expect our state leaders this year to address substantively the most important issues facing Florida?

. 38 Republicans say no.

. 25 Republicans say yes.

. 46 Democrats say no.

. 1 Democrat says yes.

. 9 "no party" or "other" say no.

. 2 "no party" say yes.

Is state government effectively dealing with Florida's problems, generally speaking?

. 35 Republicans say yes.

. 28 Republicans say no.

. 46 Democrats say no.

. 1 Democrat says yes.

. 9 "no party" or other say no.

. 2 "no party" say yes.

To the opened-ended question: What do you see as the most important issues facing Florida?

. 38 listed the economy

. 37 listed education

. 37 listed water/environment/climate change

. 22 listed health care

. 15 listed jobs

. 10 listed infrastructure

A sample of responses to "name a significant problem facing Florida that Tallahassee leaders have solved in recent years":

. 48% say no problem had been solved.

. It's impossible to fix problems leaders in Tallahassee can't even identify.

. Hard to think of one. They ignore ballot initiatives and the Constitution.

. Can't think of one.

. Solve problems? That's a joke.

. There isn't one.

. I'll have to think that over!

. That is a trick question, right?

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Here's what the insiders told the Times.

Would you say the Florida Legislature is more or less responsive to citizens than 10 years ago?

. 27 Republicans say it's the same.

. 26 Republicans say less.

. 10 Republicans say more.

. 39 Democrats say less.

. 9 Democrats say the same.

. 0 Democrats say more.

. 8 of "no party" affiliation or "other" say less.

. 3 of "no party" affiliation say the same.

Do you expect our state leaders this year to address substantively the most important issues facing Florida?

. 38 Republicans say no.

. 25 Republicans say yes.

. 46 Democrats say no.

. One Democrat says yes.

. 9 "no party" or other say no.

. 2 say yes.

Is state government effectively dealing with Florida's problems, generally speaking?

. 35 Republicans say yes.

. 28 Republicans say no.

. 46 Democrats say no.

. One Democrat says yes.

. 9 "no party" or other say no.

. 2 say yes.

To the opened-ended question: What do you see as the most important issue or issues facing Florida?

. 38 listed the economy

. 37 listed education

. 35 listed water/environment/climate change

. 22 listed health care

. 15 listed jobs

. 10 listed infrastructure

Only a handful of respondents could "name a significant problem facing Florida that Tallahassee leaders have solved in recent years." Instead the answers were mostly negative. Here's a sample:

. It's impossible to fix problems, leaders in Tallahassee can't even identify.

. Hard to think of one. They ignore ballot initiatives and the constitution.

. Can't think of one.

. Solve problems? That's a joker.

. There isn't one.

. I'll have to think that over!

. That is a trick question, right?