Could upset angry LGBTQ voters turn the electoral future of Florida around? A new poll published by Equality Florida shows LGBTQ individuals and allies anxious to act up over persecuting policies.
About 77% of those polled believe Florida’s elected officials actively took away rights of LGBTQ Floridians, and a similar percentage hold an unfavorable view of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Equality Florida Press Secretary Brandon Wolf said:
“The data confirms what we are hearing across the state: pro-equality voters are deeply concerned about Gov. DeSantis’ assaults on civil liberties and his censorship agenda.
“And they are determined to have their voices heard at the ballot box. The stakes are as high as ever. Our civil liberties, the progress we’ve won, and our very democracy are on the line.
“It is imperative that Floridians use the power of their votes to hold Gov. DeSantis and his right-wing allies accountable for the hate and bigotry they have unleashed on our state.”
The poll, conducted July 5-12 by Pathfinder Opinion Research, was conducted for Equality Florida and GLAAD, a national organization focused on LGBTQ representation in media.
It sampled voters who identify as LGBTQ or who self-identify as allies. UCLA’s Williams Institute estimates about 4.6% of Florida’s population identifies as LGBTQ, and a high percentage of that population, around 24%, have families.
“Florida’s LGBTQ voters and ally voters have grave concerns about their basic human rights, including access to abortion, freedom of speech and evidence-based healthcare for LGBTQ youth,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis …