Reporting Tim Kephart
South Florida Crime
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While much of the nation has warmed to both gay marriage and legalizing marijuana, the Sunshine State is still lagging behind on both issues, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University Thursday.
According to the Q-Poll, 45 percent of Floridians still oppose gay marriage, while 43 percent support it. While still below even a plurality, gay marriage proponents have shaved off five points of opposition from last May.
The poll also found that 52 percent of Floridians oppose legalizing marijuana in the state while 42 percent said the drug should be legal. So far, two states have recently legalized small amounts of marijuana possession, though it’s still illegal at the federal level.
Nearly three out of four voters oppose an effort to allow colleges like the University of Florida and Florida State University raise tuition higher than current law allows. Sixty-six percent said they opposed allowing universities to charge lower tuition for in-demand majors like science and engineering.
In addition, 71 percent of Floridians said they opposed having different achievement levels for public school students based on race, which was approved by the Florida Board of Education earlier this year in a five-year strategic plan.
The poll had a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.
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