A recent survey from the Center for Excellence on Polling found that voters give strong backing to good-government reforms on local issues from health care to housing, and property taxes to government transparency—often with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Health Care Reforms Are Widely Supported
When it comes to health care, commonsense reforms are popular across party lines—with approval numbers as high as 10-to-1 in some cases.
When asked about a hospital policy that restricts physicians from working in other health care settings—even after the physician leaves the hospital—83 percent of voters (including 86 percent of Democrats) support increased flexibility for outside work.
Clear majorities of all likely Republicans, Democrats, and Independents also strongly support health care reforms such as…
Expanding Florida’s Shared Savings Program to the public. This program gives state employees a credit for services (like vision and dental) if they pick a more affordable health plan.
Allowing membership organizations and associations to offer health care options to their members.
Requiring insurers to apply out-of-network costs to annual deductibles.
Clear Bipartisan Support for Increasing the Homestead Exemption
Results indicate strong support for reforms that would ease the tax burden on Florida homeowners: More than seven in 10 of all likely voters—including majorities of Republicans (73%), Democrats (67%), and Independents (72%)—support increasing the homestead exemption on property taxes from the existing $25,000 to $75,000. This reform would allow homeowners to only pay taxes on the property’s value above $75,000.
Floridians Support Good Government Reforms
The survey found strong support for welfare reform and government transparency as well.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed (72%) support requiring able-bodied adults to work, train, or volunteer at least part time to remain eligible for public housing. The proposed requirement received more than two-to-one support from Democrats (62%) and Independents (68%).