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FLORIDA VOTER
ATTITUDE SURVEY
Florida Poll Results
January 2016 2
About Open Primaries
Open Primaries represents a movement of Americans working to end ...
Methodology and Respondents
■ Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Florida from 5 Jan 2016- 30
J...
Insights and Takeaways
■ There are 3.2 million registered independent or unaffiliated voters in Florida. They
are not elig...
Key Findings
Florida Poll Results
January 2016 5
In Florida, the number of voters registering as Independent has increased...
Key Findings
Agree 88%
Disagree 12%
THE MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES SPEND TOO MUCH TIME FIGHTING AND NOT
ENOUGH TIME SOLVING P...
Key Findings
Agree
12%
Disagree
88%
PEOPLE REGISTER AS INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY DON'T KNOW
ENOUGH ABOUT POLITICS...
Key Findings
Agree
73%
Disagree
27%
PEOPLE REGISTER AS INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FEEL
REPRESENTED IN EITHER MAJOR PA...
Key Findings
Florida currently uses a closed primary system, where voters must be members of a political party to
vote in ...
Key Findings
Yes
88%
No
12%
DO YOU THINK INDEPENDENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN
DECIDING WHICH PRESIDENTIAL ...
Key Findings
Yes
64%
No
36%
DO YOU THINK THE POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO STIFLE
VOTER PARTICIPATION BY EXCLUD...
Key Findings
Yes
83%
No
17%
CAN I ADD YOUR NAME TO A LETTER TO THE CHAIRS OF THE FLORIDA
DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES...
Key Findings
Yes
87%
No
13%
AS OF RIGHT NOW, WOULD YOU VOTE FOR A BALLOT INITIATIVE TO ENACT
TOP TWO PRIMARIES IN FLORIDA?...
Key Findings
Yes
87%
No
13%
DO YOU THINK WE NEED A MORE INCLUSIVE POLITICAL PROCESS IN ORDER
TO EMPOWER VOTERS?
Florida Po...
Additional Findings
In July 2015, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature intentionally drew
congressio...
Additional Findings
16.5% 17.9%
28.8%
13.9%
12.3%
8.4%
2.3%
TOP CONCERNS OF VOTERS
Florida Poll Results
January 2016 16
Adriana Espinoza
Associate Director of Outreach
aespinoza@openprimaries.org
(602) 529-2353
For more information, contact:
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Florida Independent Voter Attitude Survey

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Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Florida from 5 Jan 2016- 30 Jan 2016. Our list consisted of a random sample of registered voters who are identified as Independent or unaffiliated.

We wanted to gauge voters’ opinion on the political environment in Florida, learn their views on the upcoming Presidential Primary, and provide voter education about nonpartisan election reform.

The survey had 428 respondents from across the state.

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Florida Independent Voter Attitude Survey

  1. 1. FLORIDA VOTER ATTITUDE SURVEY
  2. 2. Florida Poll Results January 2016 2 About Open Primaries Open Primaries represents a movement of Americans working to end partisanship and polarization in politics through reform of the primary election system. We are a national voter empowerment nonprofit that advocates for open, nonpartisan primary systems, counters efforts to impose closed primaries, and builds coalitions of activists across the country. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the American people and government by creating more platforms for voters’ voices to be heard.
  3. 3. Methodology and Respondents ■ Open Primaries conducted a statewide phone survey of voters in Florida from 5 Jan 2016- 30 Jan 2016. Our list consisted of a random sample of registered voters who are identified as Independent or unaffiliated. ■ Open Primaries wanted to gauge voters’ opinion on the political environment in Florida, learn their views on the upcoming Presidential Primary, and provide voter education about nonpartisan election reform. ■ The survey had 428 respondents from across the state. Florida Poll Results January 2016 3
  4. 4. Insights and Takeaways ■ There are 3.2 million registered independent or unaffiliated voters in Florida. They are not eligible to vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary. 88% of Florida’s independents believe that their exclusion is unfair and 87% want a more inclusive political process. ■ 95% of Florida’s independent voters want to focus on good candidates and the issues, not parties, with 88% believing that neither political party works for them. ■ Florida’s independent voters overwhelmingly support structural political change. 87% support a change to nonpartisan primaries, and 93% support a truly independent redistricting commission. ■ In addition to our survey questions, we asked independent voters if they were willing to sign a petition to the chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties in Florida urging them to open the 2016 Presidential Primaries to independent voters. 83% of respondents signed the petition. Florida Poll Results January 2016 4
  5. 5. Key Findings Florida Poll Results January 2016 5 In Florida, the number of voters registering as Independent has increased four fold since 1990— almost half of new registered voters. Voters are registering as Independent at a faster rate than all other parties combined. We asked respondents why so many voters may be registering as independent. Slides 5-8 are their responses: Agree, 95% Disagree 5% FLORIDIANS WANT TO SEE GOOD CANDIDATES, REGARDLESS OF WHAT PARTY THEY ARE IN, AND BEING AN INDEPENDENT IS A WAY TO FOCUS ON THE CANDIDATE AND THE ISSUES
  6. 6. Key Findings Agree 88% Disagree 12% THE MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES SPEND TOO MUCH TIME FIGHTING AND NOT ENOUGH TIME SOLVING PROBLEMS, SO IT MAKES SENSE NOT TO JOIN A PARTY Florida Poll Results January 2016 6
  7. 7. Key Findings Agree 12% Disagree 88% PEOPLE REGISTER AS INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT POLITICS TO JOIN A PARTY Florida Poll Results January 2016 7
  8. 8. Key Findings Agree 73% Disagree 27% PEOPLE REGISTER AS INDEPENDENT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FEEL REPRESENTED IN EITHER MAJOR PARTY. Florida Poll Results January 2016 8
  9. 9. Key Findings Florida currently uses a closed primary system, where voters must be members of a political party to vote in the primaries. This means Florida’s 3.2 million Independent or unaffiliated voters are completely shut out. Yes 15% No 85% DO YOU THINK OUR CURRENT VOTING SYSTEM IS FAIR TO INDEPENDENT VOTERS? Florida Poll Results January 2016 9
  10. 10. Key Findings Yes 88% No 12% DO YOU THINK INDEPENDENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN DECIDING WHICH PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS MAKE THE CUT FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION? Florida Poll Results January 2016 10
  11. 11. Key Findings Yes 64% No 36% DO YOU THINK THE POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO STIFLE VOTER PARTICIPATION BY EXCLUDING INDEPENDENTS FROM PRIMARIES? Florida Poll Results January 2016 11
  12. 12. Key Findings Yes 83% No 17% CAN I ADD YOUR NAME TO A LETTER TO THE CHAIRS OF THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES ASKING THEM TO OPEN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES TO INDEPENDENTS? Florida Poll Results January 2016 12
  13. 13. Key Findings Yes 87% No 13% AS OF RIGHT NOW, WOULD YOU VOTE FOR A BALLOT INITIATIVE TO ENACT TOP TWO PRIMARIES IN FLORIDA? Florida Poll Results January 2016 13
  14. 14. Key Findings Yes 87% No 13% DO YOU THINK WE NEED A MORE INCLUSIVE POLITICAL PROCESS IN ORDER TO EMPOWER VOTERS? Florida Poll Results January 2016 14
  15. 15. Additional Findings In July 2015, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature intentionally drew congressional district maps to favor Republican legislators. The court then ordered the legislature to redraw the map. In other states, Arizona for example, elected officials don’t get to draw their own maps. Instead, there is an independent commission charged with the task. Legislators 7% Independent Commission 93% WHICH APPROACH WOULD YOU PREFER? Florida Poll Results January 2016 15
  16. 16. Additional Findings 16.5% 17.9% 28.8% 13.9% 12.3% 8.4% 2.3% TOP CONCERNS OF VOTERS Florida Poll Results January 2016 16
  17. 17. Adriana Espinoza Associate Director of Outreach aespinoza@openprimaries.org (602) 529-2353 For more information, contact:

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