New poll shows amendment to ban vaping and offshore drilling coming up short

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Amendment 9, which would ban both vaping in enclosed workplaces as well as offshore oil and gas drilling, appears as though it will come up short on Election Day, according to new results from St. Pete Polls.

All amendments in Florida require 60 percent approval to pass. The new survey has 46 percent supporting Amendment 9, with 40 percent of voters opposed and 14 percent unsure.

That means for the measure to pass, essentially all those who are undecided would need to move into the “Yes” column, according to St. Pete Polls’ numbers. That makes it highly unlikely the measure will pass, if these numbers are accurate.

The survey was conducted from Oct. 30-31 among 2,470 likely voters. It has a margin of error of 2 percent.

The measure earns slightly more support when looking at voters who have already cast their ballot. Of those, 51 percent support the measure and 40 percent oppose it, with 8 percent undecided.

Democrats are much more likely to support the amendment, with 53 percent in favor. Just 39 percent of Republicans quizzed by St. Pete Polls say they support it.

Amendment 9 is just one of many amendments on the ballot next Tuesday which are “bundled.” That is, voters are deciding on two, often unrelated issues and cannot pick and choose to support one and oppose the other.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to


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