June 20, 2019 - Florida Voters Support Almost 4-1 Minimum Wage Hike, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Split On Making Felons Pay Fines Before Voting Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Florida voters support 76 - 20 percent, including 57 - 38 percent among Republicans, raising the state's $8.46 minimum wage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for a minimum wage hike is strong in every listed party, gender, education, age and racial group, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

In a separate question, offering several options for raising the minimum wage:
  • 43 percent of Florida voters support an increase to an amount less than $15 per hour;
  • 36 percent of voters back an increase to $15 per hour;
  • 9 percent support an increase to an amount more than $15 per hour;
  • 9 percent want no increase.
Florida voters are divided on whether they support or oppose a law requiring felons who have finished their prison terms to pay all fines, fees and restitution related to their case before they are allowed to vote, as 45 percent support the payment requirement, with 47 percent opposed. Men support the measure 50 - 43 percent, with women opposed 49 - 41 percent. White voters support payment before voting 51 - 42 percent, while black voters are opposed 61 - 37 percent. Hispanic voters are divided as 40 percent support it and 51 percent oppose it.

Support is 69 - 22 percent among Republicans, with Democrats opposed 70 - 24 percent and independent voters split as 43 percent support payment and 48 percent oppose it.

"Maybe it's because so many Floridians remember their first minimum wage job. Whatever the reason, three-quarters of Sunshine State voters think the minimum wage in the state needs to be higher. Many voters, however, aren't ready to go as high as $15 per hour," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Anything is possible and sentiment could change, but the target of $15 per hour could jeopardize chances for raising the minimum wage if the question is on the ballot in November, 2020."

"There is much less agreement on the question of whether felons who have finished their prison sentences must pay fees, fines and restitution in order to vote," Brown added.

Florida voters support 65 - 30 percent, an all-time high in the state, allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Republicans are divided 48 - 48 percent, as every other listed group supports the measure. Voters would support 61 - 34 percent the sale of legal marijuana in their community.

Gov. DeSantis' Approval

Florida voters approve 55 - 22 percent of the job Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Rick Scott both have divided job approval ratings as 45 percent approve of Rubio and 41 percent disapprove. For Scott, 41 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove.

Gun Safety

Florida voters support 59 - 36 percent a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the state. Women support a ban 72 - 24 percent. Men are divided with 45 percent backing a ban and 50 percent opposed. Voters over 65 years old support an assault weapons ban 68 - 28 percent, the strongest support of any age group. Voters support 58 - 38 percent stricter gun laws in Florida.

Florida needs to do more to address gun violence, 72 percent of voters say, as 21 percent say the state is doing enough and 2 percent say the state is doing too much.

Voters oppose 57 - 39 percent "allowing trained teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds." Voters with children under 18 years old in public school oppose arming teachers 55 - 40 percent.

Stricter gun laws would do more to reduce gun violence in schools than arming teachers, Florida voters say 55 - 34 percent. If more people carried guns, Florida would be less safe, 55 percent of voters say, while 35 percent of voters say the state would be safer.

From June 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,279 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect.

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9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ron DeSantis is handling his job as governor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              55%    83%    35%    51%    59%    52%    65%    66%
Disapprove           22      3     40     23     18     26     19     14
DK/NA                23     14     25     26     23     22     16     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              36%    57%    60%    63%    73%    59%    65%    35%    45%
Disapprove           30     17     24     20     12     21     17     36     25
DK/NA                35     26     17     17     15     20     18     28     30
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Scott is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    77%    14%    35%    45%    38%    46%    49%
Disapprove           44     10     74     49     40     47     41     39
DK/NA                15     13     12     16     15     15     13     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              34%    39%    46%    45%    53%    42%    47%    24%    40%
Disapprove           52     41     43     42     34     45     40     61     43
DK/NA                14     20     11     12     13     13     13     15     17
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Marco Rubio is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              45%    73%    23%    41%    50%    40%    47%    54%
Disapprove           41     13     66     45     37     44     41     30
DK/NA                14     15     11     14     13     16     11     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    43%    45%    49%    56%    45%    50%    30%    42%
Disapprove           43     42     43     39     33     39     36     52     46
DK/NA                18     15     13     11     11     16     14     18     12
 
 
15. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in Florida, which is now $8.46 an hour?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              76%    57%    95%    76%    68%    83%    76%    70%
Oppose               20     38      3     20     27     14     20     26
DK/NA                 4      6      1      4      4      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              77%    70%    79%    78%    62%    82%    73%    90%    79%
Oppose               21     25     19     18     33     14     23      8     19
DK/NA                 3      5      2      4      5      3      4      2      2
 
 
16. Which comes closest to your point of view regarding raising the state's minimum wage over the next several years: there should be no increase in the minimum wage, there should be an increase in the minimum wage but not as high as $15.00 an hour, there should be an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, or there should be an increase in the minimum wage higher than $15.00 an hour?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
No increase           9%    17%     1%     8%    15%     4%     9%    11%
Increase < $15.00    43     60     28     43     46     41     49     51
Increase to $15.00   36     18     56     36     28     43     32     29
Increase > $15.00     9      3     14     10      9     10      6      7
DK/NA                 3      3      1      2      3      2      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
No increase          11%     9%     8%     7%    17%     4%    10%     4%     7%
Increase < $15.00    43     42     46     42     53     47     50     27     36
Increase to $15.00   35     34     38     39     20     39     31     55     44
Increase > $15.00    10     11      7      8      6      7      6     13     12
DK/NA                 -      3      1      4      4      2      3      1      1
 
 
17. As you may know, a law was recently passed in Florida which requires felons to pay all related fines, fees, and restitution associated with their case before they will be eligible to vote. Critics of the law say that it is essentially creating a "poll tax", while supporters say that this comparison is unfair. Do you support or oppose this law?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              45%    69%    24%    43%    50%    41%    47%    55%
Oppose               47     22     70     48     43     49     44     39
DK/NA                 8      9      6      9      6     10      9      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              35%    54%    49%    45%    55%    47%    51%    37%    40%
Oppose               59     38     46     45     39     44     42     61     51
DK/NA                 6      8      5     10      6      9      8      2      9
 
 
18. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              65%    48%    78%    72%    69%    62%    64%    68%
Oppose               30     48     19     24     28     32     30     28
DK/NA                 5      4      3      5      3      6      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              89%    70%    63%    52%    71%    61%    66%    66%    68%
Oppose               10     24     34     40     26     32     29     30     30
DK/NA                 1      5      3      8      3      6      5      4      2
 
 
19. Would you support or oppose the sale of legal marijuana in your community?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              61%    46%    74%    66%    63%    60%    63%    64%
Oppose               34     50     23     29     33     35     33     31
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      4      4      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              83%    64%    60%    50%    65%    62%    64%    53%    65%
Oppose               17     28     35     45     30     34     32     44     32
DK/NA                 1      8      5      4      5      3      4      3      3
 
 
20. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in Florida?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              58%    29%    87%    61%    47%    68%    61%    45%
Oppose               38     66     12     34     50     27     37     49
DK/NA                 4      6      1      5      4      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              62%    54%    59%    58%    38%    66%    53%    70%    67%
Oppose               35     44     38     35     58     29     43     27     29
DK/NA                 3      3      3      7      4      5      4      3      4
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Support              42%    37%    52%    55%
Oppose               54     60     45     43
DK/NA                 4      3      3      1
 
 
21. Do you support or oppose a ban on the sale of assault weapons in Florida?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              59%    40%    81%    58%    45%    72%    66%    50%
Oppose               36     54     17     38     50     24     31     44
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      5      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              50%    51%    62%    68%    41%    74%    58%    65%    60%
Oppose               43     45     34     28     54     23     37     31     34
DK/NA                 7      4      4      4      5      3      4      5      6
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Support              46%    44%    55%    53%
Oppose               50     53     41     43
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4
 
 
22. If more people carried guns, do you think that Florida would be safer or less safe?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Safer                35%    64%    10%    32%    46%    25%    36%    48%
Less safe            55     24     86     56     42     66     55     42
DK/NA                10     13      4     13     12      9      9     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Safer                35%    39%    36%    32%    55%    31%    42%    16%    28%
Less safe            55     50     56     56     36     60     49     78     57
DK/NA                10     12      9     12     10      9      9      5     14
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                    Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Safer                53%    59%    39%    37%
Less safe            35     30     50     52
DK/NA                12     12     11     11
 
 
23. In general, do you think Florida is doing enough to address gun violence, doing too much, or do you think more needs to be done to address gun violence?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         21%    37%     5%    21%    27%    16%    22%    29%
Doing too much        2      3      1      1      2      1      3      2
More to be done      72     52     94     72     64     80     70     64
DK/NA                 5      8      1      6      8      3      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         19%    20%    22%    22%    33%    18%    25%     7%    15%
Doing too much        1      3      2      1      3      2      2      2      1
More to be done      76     71     71     72     57     76     67     89     78
DK/NA                 4      7      5      5      7      4      6      2      6
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Doing enough         30%    32%    20%    17%
Doing too much        3      3      4      3
More to be done      61     60     70     75
DK/NA                 5      6      6      5
 
 
24. Do you support or oppose allowing trained teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              39%    69%    12%    35%    50%    29%    42%    52%
Oppose               57     26     87     60     46     66     54     43
DK/NA                 5      5      2      5      4      5      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              31%    42%    43%    40%    60%    36%    47%    18%    30%
Oppose               64     54     52     55     37     59     49     80     63
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      5      4      2      6
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Support              57%    62%    41%    40%
Oppose               40     35     54     55
DK/NA                 3      3      5      5
 
 
25. Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools: stricter gun laws or armed teachers in schools?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Stricter gun laws    55%    23%    87%    57%    42%    66%    55%    40%
Armed teachers       34     64      9     29     45     25     35     49
DK/NA                11     13      4     14     13      9     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Stricter gun laws    61%    49%    55%    54%    34%    59%    48%    80%    62%
Armed teachers       29     41     34     35     55     30     42     11     30
DK/NA                10     10     11     11     10     11     11      9      8
 
                                   HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     Gun.........         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  Yes    School
 
Stricter gun laws    35%    28%    47%    53%
Armed teachers       52     57     42     39
DK/NA                13     14     11      9