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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Amendment 2 Lacks Votes For Passage, Poll Shows

Tampa Tribune
Amendment 2 Lacks Votes For Passage, Poll Shows
October 8, 2008

TALLAHASSEE - Support for the "marriage protection" amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot continues to fall short of the 60 percent needed for passage, a new poll shows today.

Support for Amendment 2, which defines the legal union of marriage as being between one man and one woman only, dropped from 57 percent in August to 55 percent in early October, according to Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

But the difference falls within the 4 percentage point margin of error for the poll; meanwhile, the number of voters who remain undecided on Amendment 2 rose from 7 percent to 11 percent. All told, the results remain comparable to the outcome of Mason-Dixon's August survey, the pollsters concluded.

Mason-Dixon conducted its latest Florida poll of 625 likely voters by telephone from Saturday through Monday.

Large numbers of voters remained undecided on the other questions appearing on the presidential election ballot. All proposals will require 60 percent approval to become law.

Amendment 1 repeals a law permitting Florida to stop people ineligible for U.S. citizenship from owning property. The anti-alien law targeted Asian immigrants when passed in 1926; it has never been used. For: 37 percent. Against: 33 percent. Undecided: 30 percent.

Amendment 3 bars property appraisers from increasing home assessments based on improvements designed to harden against wind damage. For: 29 percent. Against: 26 percent. Undecided: 45 percent.

Amendment 4 exempts property dedicated for conservation purposes from taxation. For: 37 percent. Against: 19 percent. Undecided: 44 percent.

Amendment 6 requires property appraisers to assess land used for commercial fishing purposes based on that use, rather than its potential for other uses. For: 33 percent. Against: 20 percent. Undecided: 47 percent.

Amendment 8 permits counties to levy sales tax to support community colleges for up to five years. For: 37 percent. Against: 40 percent. Undecided 23 percent.

The state Supreme Court struck amendments 5, 7 and 9 from the ballot this summer.

Reporter Catherine Dolinski can be reached at (850) 222-8382 or