Florida voters solidly back the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law and support an effort to rid non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls, a new Quinnipiac poll shows.
Floridians who support the “Stand Your Ground” law is 56-37 percent. The poll, taken June 12-18, found that Republicans support it 81 – 12 percent and Democrats oppose it 60-30 percent. White voters back the law 60-33 percent and black voters oppose it 59-31 percent. Hispanic voters support it 58-32 percent.
“There is solid support for ‘Stand Your Ground’ among Florida voters, especially Republicans,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling. “Republican lawmakers, who dominate the State Legislature, would be taking on their own base if they were to change the law.”
The Sunshine State’s governor, Rick Scott, did not fare well in the poll. According to the poll, 49 percent of voters disapprove of the job he is doing, with 39 percent approval. The disapproval number ticked up from 46 percent on May 24, which was his best since taking office 18 months ago.
“Gov. Rick Scott may be a lot less popular in Florida these days than President Barack Obama, but on the face-off between the two on the purge issue, Floridians seem to be solidly in Scott’s corner,” said Brown.
Brown said Florida voters don’t like Scott’s policies, and voters are mixed on whether they like him as a person. “Women especially disapprove and dislike their governor,” Brown said. “He has some work to do here.”
Republicans favor the attempted voter purges 90 percent to 8 percent and Independents back it and 59 – 37 percent, the poll said. Democrats are opposed 60 – 33 percent. White voters back the effort 67 – 29 percent, while black voters oppose it 56 – 38. Hispanic voters support it 49 – 42 percent.
The voter purge could become a wider issue with Gov. Scott taking on the Obama administration in an election year showdown over voter rights that could end up playing a role in one of the nation’s key battleground states for both parties. He recently rejected an order from the Justice Department to stop purging voters rolls of non-citizen voters, an effort that opponents say has resulted in legal voters being identified as ineligible in some instances. The Justice Department apparently agrees, charging the purge may be a violation of federal voting rights laws.
Voters approve of their U.S. senators. They approve of Sen. Bill Nelson 47-32 percent and of Sen. Marco Rubio 51 – 31 percent.
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