Poll: Florida voters lean toward passing abortion rights amendment

by | May 15, 2024

A Florida Chamber of Commerce poll reveals that 61 percent of Floridians support Amendment 4, a proposed constitutional amendment to limit government interference with abortion, exceeding the 60 percent threshold required for passage in November.

A majority of Floridians support an amendment to limit government interference with abortion, surpassing the 60 percent threshold needed for its passage in November, according to a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll.

Poll findings indicate that 61 percent of participants support the passage of Amendment 4, while 29 percent oppose it and 10 percent remain undecided.

Florida Amendment 4, the Right to Abortion Initiative, is an initiated constitutional amendment appearing on ballots in November. The initiative “would provide a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability (estimated to be around 24 weeks) or when necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s medical provider.”

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in April to allow the proposed amendment to be placed on the state’s November ballot. The state Supreme Court concurrently ruled to uphold a 15-week abortion ban, a decision that activated a more restrictive six-week abortion ban that took effect this month.

State Republicans have criticized the measure.

“Amendment 4 … dramatically expands and legalizes the systemic killing of unborn babies in the state of Florida, potentially up until birth under the guise of protecting women’s health,” the party wrote in a list of resolutions drafted earlier this month.

In February, the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Florida formally declared its opposition to Amendment 4. The resolution was largely predicated upon the belief that life begins at conception and criticizes efforts to circumvent legislative processes by directly presenting the amendment to voters, perceived as undermining Florida’s legislative and judicial authority.

“Radical activists have collected petition signatures that would place on the November ballot a constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortions … which would bypass the delegated authority of the Legislature and override the right to life laws in effect in the State of Florida,” reads a portion of the decree.

Current polling margins are thin, with support barely surpassing the needed 60 percent for passage, meaning that this initiative’s results are still seemingly up in the air.


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