Florida Chamber poll reveals voters crave good jobs

Uppermost on Floridians’ minds are job creation and a better economy, according to a recent survey compiled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute (FCPI).

The results were released recently in Tallahassee in conjunction with the Florida Chamber’s Board of Governors Capitol Days.

Job creation and economic stability were favored as the highest priority by 19 percent of respondents, followed by education (15 percent), health care (9 percent) and water infrastructure — with close to three-quarters of those surveyed expressing the belief that Florida needs to take proactive steps to ensure the state’s water supply.

“This poll clearly shows that voters, like the Florida Chamber, agree that good jobs for everyone is a top priority,” Marian Johnson, SVP of political strategy for the Florida Chamber, said.  “[With] one in every 11 U.S. jobs is created in Florida, the margin of voters concerned about jobs and the economy will likely continue to increase.”

The FCPI poll released this week also revealed that more Floridians are confident in the state’s direction (44 percent) than not (34 percent). A slight majority (53 percent) of voters are against increasing casino gambling, with a desire to uphold the state’s family-friendly reputation.

Almost two-thirds of those surveyed (64 percent) view excessive lawsuits as a concern, and close to one-fourth (23 percent) believe that security threats are of major import to Florida. A healthy three-fourths of the polled population (74 percent) favors a medical marijuana initiative, and even more (77 percent) support choices in solar energy.

The survey of more than 700 frequent voters was performed in early January by Tallahassee-based Cherry Communications.

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