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WFTV reports on USF and FAU researchers’ findings from a comprehensive public opinion survey on health policy issues in Florida.


Sep 11, 2023

A recent study conducted on Florida voters suggests that there is a high likelihood of recreational marijuana being approved in the state. The study, carried out by researchers from Florida Atlantic University and the University of South Florida, found that 60% of respondents were in favor of recreational marijuana. This is significant because in order for it to pass as a ballot initiative, it must receive a minimum of 60% support. If approved, Florida would become the 24th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Support for recreational marijuana is not limited to a particular political party or age group. While Democrats and younger voters showed higher levels of support, even Republicans were largely divided on the issue. The study revealed that as age increased, support for recreational marijuana decreased, with only 44% of respondents aged 55 and over in favor.

In addition to studying attitudes towards recreational marijuana, the researchers also analyzed public opinion on COVID-19 and artificial intelligence. The study found that attitudes towards COVID-19 and vaccines were highly politicized and varied depending on party affiliation. Despite this, a majority of respondents agreed that the COVID-19 vaccines were generally safe and effective in reducing the risk of hospitalization and death. However, there was still a significant number of individuals who believed that they could achieve better immunity by contracting the virus, contrary to the guidance provided by the CDC.

On the topic of artificial intelligence, the study found bipartisan support for a more cautious approach. Approximately 73% of respondents supported a pause on the integration and implementation of artificial intelligence.

Overall, the study highlights Florida voters’ opinions on various issues that intersect with medical questions. It suggests that recreational marijuana legalization has a good chance of being approved if it appears on the ballot in the near future. Additionally, it underscores the divisive nature of COVID-19-related topics and the need for a more informed approach to artificial intelligence integration.

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