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Floridians like idea of increasing cigarette tax

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - 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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