Survey: Florida non-smokers like idea of increased cigarette tax


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:26 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. More than seven of 10 Floridians say they want new taxes at least on a pack of smokes.

In a survey of 1,370 voters between Jan. 14-19, 71 percent told Quinnipiac University pollsters that they favored raising the tax on cigarettes by $1 a pack. Smokers, however, were against paying more by nearly 2-to-1, although half said they'd either quit or cut down if such an increase were approved.

Almost three quarters of those sampled opposed cuts in the state's "Bright Futures" college scholarship program while a majority, 55 percent to 39 percent, opposed a state law prohibiting gays and lesbians from adopting children.

Republicans and white evangelical Christians opposed gays adopting kids.

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