Poll fuzzy on fate of minimum wage, open primary amendments

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Both ballot initiatives are within the poll's margin of error.

Florida voters are mulling a number of amendments to the state Constitution this election cycle, and new polling says the fate of two of the higher profile ones is still unknown.

A survey released Tuesday from Florida Atlantic University’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative shows an amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage would barely pass, while another amendment that would open some primaries to all registered voters would fail.

Amendments to the Florida Constitution require at least 60% voter approval to pass, and both proposals are within the +/- 3.1% margin of error in the FAU survey.

The push to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2026, which is Amendment 2 on the Florida ballot, is supported by 62% of voters. Three in ten voters oppose the proposal, and the remaining 8% are undecided.

The ballot initiative from Florida For A Fair Wage is attorney John Morgan‘s priority for the 2020 cycle, largely funded by Morgan and his law firm, Morgan and Morgan P.A.

The amendment has been fiercely opposed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the business community, with the “Amendment 2 Hurts You” group arguing it would destroy small businesses struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis.

Morgan contends opposition is just the business community justifying “slave wages” for those in the service sectors.

Meanwhile, the “All Voters Vote” initiative, Amendment 3 on the ballot, is favored by just 58% of those likely voters surveyed on Oct. 24 and 25. Of the remaining voters, 29% oppose the measure and 13% haven’t made up their minds.

Amendment 3 would allow all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, Governor, and cabinet  races regardless of political party affiliation.

Should AVV’s initiative be successful, all candidates in Florida elections would appear on a single ballot, regardless of party. The top two vote-getters would then move on to the General Election, again, regardless of party.

The initiative, backed by South Florida businessman Mike Fernandez, finds both major parties in the state united in opposition.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


One comment

  • MAKE IT $20.00!

    October 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    As of 2019, independent studies have show that a “livable wage” in this country for a single person is $16.54 – and that a husband + wife + 2 young kids need a minimum of double that – $33.08 total with both parents working. For an individual, that’s $34,403 annually or $68,806 for the above family of four.

    Raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15.00 by 2026 obviously doesn’t get the job done. By 2026, the need will be very near to or at $20.00 or more.

    The Florida Chamber of Commerce is a JOKE! Kids graduating Florida colleges and universities almost universally leave the state for better-paying jobs elsewhere – and non-college workers from other states will soon learn they can’t make enough money here to actually live here – so the only available workers here will be illiterate, unskilled illegals.

    Under Republican leadership for the past 22 years – Florida has gradually worked itselft down towards the bottom in every category in the ranking of states – down at or near the bottom with Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. Nowheresville.

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