New poll shows support for abortion rights in Florida transcends, party, gender, age

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Sixty-eight percent of female voters said they support a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights compared to 55% of men.

A new poll of Florida voters shows a proposed abortion rights initiative could pass in 2024 if it makes the ballot — results show it’s picking up support across gender, racial and party lines.

The University of North Florida poll found that 62% of all respondents would vote “yes” on the proposed amendment while 29% oppose the proposal. Nine percent didn’t answer the question.

Florida requires that constitutional amendments receive approval from 60% of voters in order to pass. The numbers from the poll, which has a margin of error of 4.37%, show that the amendment is hovering around the margin it needs.

“If this amendment does make it on the ballot, initiatives like this one need a supermajority of 60% in order to pass, and it looks like the proposed abortion amendment is right at that threshold among these respondents,” said Michael Binder, UNF Public Opinion Research Lab faculty director and political science professor. “Even among registered Republicans, 53% would vote to protect abortion rights in Florida, with just 39% voting no.”

Organizers pushing the proposed amendment — which would prohibit the Legislature from banning abortion prior to viability, generally around 24 weeks — have until February to collect enough voter signatures to make next year’s ballot. Election officials have certified nearly 500,000 signatures, but it takes close to 900,000 signatures to qualify.

The Florida Supreme Court still has to review the amendment as well.

The breakdown of the poll shows 65% of both Black and White respondents would vote yes on the amendment. The percentage of White respondents opposing the amendment (24%) was slightly lower than the percentage of Black respondents against it (26%).

Fifty-two percent of Hispanic respondents said they would support the amendment while 40% said they would not. Support was weakest among respondents between the ages of 35 and 44, who expressed 57% support.

More than three-quarters of younger voters aged 18 to 24 said they favor the initiative.

Sixty-eight percent of women voters said they supported the initiative, compared to 55% of men.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


9 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 30, 2023 at 5:25 am

    This is a “man shrugging” responsibility! Yeah man. You impregnated the woman. Ain’t been an immaculate birth in a long long time. And it ain’t believed by everyone. Women shall choose IF and ONLY IF to carry a life !!!!

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 30, 2023 at 5:25 am

    Wtf awaiting a MAN decision!!!!!!

    • rbruce

      November 30, 2023 at 9:08 am

      A decision was made not to abort you. What made your unborn life more valuable than anyone else’s. Don’t other babies have the same right to live as you had?

      • JM Key

        November 30, 2023 at 9:11 pm

        Your example has no merit, the discussion is about a womans right to choose, not about second-guessing decisions that were made in the past. Please try to keep up.

  • Earl Pitts "Sexologist Emeritus" American

    November 30, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    The The University of North Florida is not a reliable source of polling data.
    So all you Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s are a little “premature” in your 🎉 celebration 🎉.
    And speaking of “premature ” a lot of you Lefty’s can’t really satisfy a Lady, like a Bull of The Wood’s, like me Earl Pitts American can. Therefore your “Un-Satisfying” premature emissions are what leads to a lot of “sorry honey I forgot to pull out” moments (and then y’all run out and abort the baby; a sweet gift from God that you could have named Earl or perhaps …. hmmmm …. what’s another popular girl’s name …. oh yeah, America, Earline).
    See how this works?
    Thank you for participating in this sex education from Earl segment,
    Earl Pitts “Teaching You What Your Daddy Forgot” American

  • rbruce

    November 30, 2023 at 8:59 am

    The victims of abortion were not asked their opinions. Believe 100% of babies will oppose elective abortions. Why didn’t the poll ask respondents if they regret not being aborted? Will the pro-abortion 75% of 18-24 yrs olds agree to retro-active abortions.

  • ScienceBLVR

    November 30, 2023 at 9:39 am

    As Kant reminds us, autonomy is our ultimate value and freedom of the will, our goal. True autonomy and freedom must reside with the individual..whether it’s a decision to wear a mask and get vaccinated, end life on our own terms, or terminate a pregnancy.

  • Michael K

    November 30, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Women have the right to privacy and bodily autonomy, and women have the right to make their personal health decisions. This needs to be on the ballot, as in several other states since the Supreme Court erroneously overturned Roe. We need to make sure the voice of Florida citizens is heard. Those who disagree can make their personal decisions in this matter, but not force their personal religious beliefs on everyone else.

  • Ellen

    December 1, 2023 at 10:08 am

    where is the form to sign to agree to have this on the vote in 2024. why is the form not readily available? Have not seen it anywhere, if you need more signatures, get the forms all over so people can fill it in and submit it

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