May 5, 2014 - Florida Voters Oppose Union For College Athletes, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Medical And Recreational Marijuana
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With wide racial and age gaps, Florida voters oppose 51 - 41 percent allowing college athletes to form a union and oppose 63 - 31 percent paying salaries beyond scholarships to these athletes, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for a college athlete union is 62 - 29 percent among Democrats, 69 - 29 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, 76 - 22 percent among black voters and 56 - 36 percent among Hispanic voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men, women, Republicans, independent voters, white voters and older age groups all oppose allowing athletes to form unions.

Black voters support paying salaries to college athletes 68 - 27 percent, the only listed group to support the idea.

"Colleges are losing sight of their academic mission because of sports," 56 percent of Florida voters, including 56 percent of men and 55 percent of women, say. Another 34 percent say "colleges are balancing their academic mission and sports appropriately." There is agreement among all listed groups.

Florida voters say 53 - 37 percent that labor unions are good for the country, with only Republicans saying 68 - 21 percent that unions are bad for the country.

"Florida voters are all over the map when it comes to which college team they root for. But with few exceptions, they are against unionizing college athletes, and they are even more set against paying the athletes. There are some differences between men and women, and larger differences among black, white and Hispanic voters, on these questions," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"The overall findings should not be terribly surprising given the relatively low level of union membership throughout the state."

"Most Florida voters think colleges are losing sight of their academic mission because of sports, but that doesn't stop the crowds from filling the stands on Saturday 'Game Day' at the state's various college football powers, and under the 'Friday Night Lights' at high school games," Brown added. Legalized Marijuana

Florida voters support 88 - 10 percent allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, if a doctor prescribes it. Support is over 80 percent among all listed groups, including 84 - 13 percent among voters over 65 years old.

By a smaller 53 - 42 percent majority, voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. There are gender, age and partisan gaps:
  • Men support so-called recreational marijuana 58 - 38 percent, while women are divided, with 48 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed;
  • Voters 18 to 29 years old support recreational marijuana 72 - 24 percent, with voters 30 to 64 years old in favor by smaller margins and voters over 65 years old opposed 61 - 33 percent.
  • Support is 59 - 34 percent among Democrats and 61 - 36 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 64 - 33 percent.
Only 45 percent of Florida voters admit they've tried marijuana. Among voters 50 to 64 years old, 62 percent admit smoking pot, more than any other group.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 43 percent of voters say, while 39 percent say it is less dangerous and 12 percent say it is more dangerous.

Marijuana use does not lead to the use of other drugs, voters say 54 - 38 percent.

"If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily," said Brown. "With almost nine in 10 voters favoring legalization for medical purposes, and bills allowing such use advancing in the State Legislature, the odds seem pretty good Florida may join the states which already have done so."

From April 23 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,413 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

38. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              53%    33%    59%    61%    58%    48%    72%    59%    58%    33%
Oppose               42     64     34     36     38     46     24     38     37     61
DK/NA                 5      3      7      4      4      6      4      3      5      6
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              53%    52%    52%
Oppose               42     44     43
DK/NA                 5      3      6
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use?
                     May 05  Nov 21
                     2014    2013
 
Support              53      48
Oppose               42      46
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
39. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              88%    80%    93%    89%    87%    88%    92%    89%    88%    84%
Oppose               10     16      6     10     11      9      8      9     10     13
DK/NA                 2      4      1      1      1      2      -      2      2      3
                   
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              87%    88%    94%
Oppose               11     11      4
DK/NA                 2      1      1
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                     May 05  Nov 21
                     2014    2013
 
Support              88      82
Oppose               10      16
DK/NA                 2       3
 
 
40. Keeping in mind that all of your answers in this survey are confidential, have you, yourself ever happened to try marijuana?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  45%    37%    48%    49%    54%    36%    44%    50%    62%    23%
No                   54     62     51     50     44     62     55     49     36     76
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      2      1      1      1      2      1
                     
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  47%    45%    35%
No                   52     55     63
DK/NA                 1      1      2
 
 
41. Do you think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, less dangerous than alcohol, or about equally as dangerous as alcohol?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
More                 12%    20%     7%    11%    13%    11%     4%     9%    10%    21%
Less                 39     21     46     45     46     33     67     49     37     18
Equally              43     53     42     39     37     49     26     40     46     52
NEITHR ARE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 5      7      5      4      4      6      3      1      6      8
                     
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 14%     7%     9%
Less                 36     49     47
Equally              46     34     42
NEITHR ARE(VOL)       -      1      -
DK/NA                 5      8      3
 
 
42. Do you think that for most people, the use of marijuana leads to the use of other drugs, or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  38%    57%    32%    31%    34%    41%    18%    35%    35%    53%
No                   54     34     61     62     60     50     77     61     58     34
DK/NA                 8      9      7      7      6      9      5      4      7     13
                     
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  38%    35%    38%
No                   53     58     57
DK/NA                 8      7      4
 
 
43. In general, do you think labor unions are good or bad for the country?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Good                 53%    21%    77%    57%    51%    54%    69%    53%    53%    45%
Bad                  37     68     14     33     41     34     20     37     40     41
DK/NA                10     11      9     10      8     13     11     10      7     14
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 46%    80%    60%
Bad                  45     11     25
DK/NA                 9      9     15
 
 
44. Do you consider yourself a fan of college sports, or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  61%    64%    59%    61%    67%    56%    61%    60%    60%    63%
No                   39     36     41     39     33     44     39     39     40     36
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  62%    77%    42%
No                   38     23     56
DK/NA                 -      -      1
 
 
45. Do you support or oppose allowing college athletes to form a union, to negotiate their rights and working conditions?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              41%    17%    62%    40%    44%    39%    69%    45%    42%    26%
Oppose               51     76     29     52     51     51     29     50     52     60
DK/NA                 8      7      8      8      6      9      2      5      6     14
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              32%    76%    56%
Oppose               59     22     36
DK/NA                 9      3      8
 
 
46. Beyond any scholarships they receive, do you support or oppose paying salaries to college athletes?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              31%    17%    43%    28%    35%    27%    39%    36%    30%    22%
Oppose               63     79     50     67     60     66     58     60     63     68
DK/NA                 6      4      7      5      4      7      2      3      6      9
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              23%    68%    38%
Oppose               72     27     56
DK/NA                 6      5      6
 
 
47. In general, do you think colleges are losing sight of their academic mission because of sports or do you think colleges are balancing their academic mission and sports appropriately?
                                                               AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Losing sight         56%    55%    51%    61%    56%    55%    56%    54%    57%    55%
Balancing            34     33     39     30     37     31     41     39     29     30
DK/NA                11     11     10      9      8     13      4      6     14     15
 
                     Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Losing sight         58%    49%    51%
Balancing            32     39     39
DK/NA                10     12     11
 
 

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