New poll shows Hometown Democracy has majority support, but not enough to pass in November

But though the poll indicates there's plenty of work for organizers in advance of the November election to get that 60% +1, that sentiment is there.  The question is, will it be dwarfed not by pro-development officials, but also Democrats and others who generally sympathize with criticism that the state has a serious problem on its hands when it comes to development issues.

As CL contributor Kate Bradshaw wrote in the pages of our publication last month,  there are many pro environment Democrats (like Karl Nurse, John Dingfelder, Alex Sink and Ken Welch) who think the measure goes too far in the other direction.

As Welch told CL at the time:

“It would require voters to independently research comprehensive plan amendments, and in my view would put more power in the hands of those who can afford to finance campaigns to support a particular comp plan or land use change,” he said. “The election of more visionary and progressive elected decision makers is the best path to responsible growth management for Florida.”

For the past year, an opposition group was trying to get a competing measure on the ballot that called itself Floridians for Smarter Growth.  They failed to qualify for the ballot, but they are using their same apparatus to fight against Amendment Four.    They're now called Citizens for Lower Taxes and Stronger Economy.

Among the other interesting tidbits in the Leadership Florida survey is that 69% say they support giving incentives to businesses to help them expand or relocate in Florida, a figure that's up 10% from 2006.

And yeah, it's still all about the economy, and people are pissed at politicians.  85%  said state government was doing either a fair or poor job of creating jobs. That's up some 51 % from  2006..

One of the most interesting state wide races this year will Amendment Four, the Hometown Democracy Amendment.

The Leadership Florida 2010 Sunshine State survey, conducted by The Nielson Company shows 51% of those polled support the controversial initiative, which would require local voter approval on all land-use development plans.

For those who support the initiative, that's good news, right?  Well, no, since all constitutional amendments approved by Floridians need 60%.

The poll does indicate what has been apparent to somebody like myself, who has lived here for the past decade: a lot of people in the state - Democrat and Republican - are disillusioned with growth management laws in Florida.  

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