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Poll: Housing Costs a Top Concern of Fla. Voters

A University of North Florida poll found “economy, jobs, and inflation” concerns second to “housing costs” to voters considering candidates for office in 2024.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new poll from the University of North Florida’s (UNF) Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) asked registered voters across Florida their opinions about state and national policy issues.

Respondents were asked what they think is the most important problem facing Florida today, to which the top response was housing costs with 26%.

In a close second place is the economy, jobs and inflation with 25%. Education and immigration tied for third most important problem, with 9% each.

In a separate question, respondents were asked who or what they think is most responsible for the state of property insurance in Florida:

  • 30% believe insurance companies bear the greatest responsibility,
  • 15% place the blame on individuals and lawyers defrauding or exploiting insurance companies
  • 13% said Gov. Ron DeSantis
  • 13% cited natural disasters
  • 12% named the Florida Legislature

“In the last year, housing costs, and now property insurance, have emerged as pressing issues to Floridians,” says PORL faculty director and professor of political science Dr. Michael Binder. “Insurance companies are most responsible in the minds of these Florida voters, but there seems to be plenty of blame to go around.”

In addition to housing concerns, respondents were asked about their support for two constitutional amendments likely to appear on the ballot in 2024. One supports abortion, the other supports recreational marijuana. According to researchers, both have enough support right now to surpass the necessary 60% of voters threshold, with 62% favoring the abortion proposal and 67% supporting recreational marijuana.

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