A new survey from Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida voters are unaware of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) and its activities.
June 28, 2017
A Florida TaxWatch survey finds that Florida voters are unaware of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)and its activities. The non-partisan, non-profit government watchdog and research institute partnered with Tallahassee-based Cherry Communications to conduct a live telephone survey of 527 registered voters, of whom had voted in at least two of the last three general elections, and new registrants from June 7 – 15, 2017 to get a better idea of just how much Florida voters know and understand about the CRC.
Florida’s Constitution establishes the CRC which convenes every 20 years to review the Constitution and put forward amendments to clean up outdated or conflicting provisions, remove language that is no longer binding, or to introduce new issues. Amendments proposed by the CRC will appear on the November 2018 final ballot and require a minimum of 60 percent favorable approval by the voters to become effective.
When asked about how much respondents had seen, read or heard about recent CRC meetings, 77 percent of the respondents said that they had seen, read or heard “nothing at all.” Another 12.9 percent responded that they had seen, read or heard “a little” about CRC activities.
75 percent of those who said they heard a lot, some, or a little about the CRC, when asked whether they had read or seen any editorials regarding the CRC’s public hearings, said that they had not. Only 19 percent responded that they had seen or read any editorials on CRC activities.
These results are alarming. The CRC began a series of public hearings across the state on March 29, 2017. [READ MORE]