1. Florida Politics

New poll shows approval for medical marijuana initiative

Published Oct. 28, 2014

A new poll commissioned by the sponsor of Florida's Amendment 2, which would legalize marijuana for medical use, shows 62 percent of likely voters will approve it, 35 percent are opposed and 3 percent are undecided, according to a United for Care release.

The poll was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove based on actual ballot language, not a summary sentence that many polls use. It was a survey of cell phone and landline users, taken Oct. 22 through 27, the release said. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Under Florida law, Amendment 2 must win at least 60 percent approval to pass. Some polls have shown the measure clearing that hurdle, but others have indicated it will fall short. So the latest figures were hailed by supporters.

"This poll demonstrates a continued upward swing — attributable to recent endorsements by major papers across the state as well as a substantial increase in our outreach to voters," said United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara.