New internal polling indicates voters are upset with Central Florida politicians who blocked Orange County’s paid sick time effort, and with the leaders who texted with the lobbyists that helped kill it.
The poll was done for Organize Now, a progressive group behind the paid sick time ballot measure that was blocked by politicians and tourism interests.
The lead-in on most of the poll’s questions are sympathetic to that sick-time cause, but the results might still unnerve some politicians who have to deal with the issue in next year’s elections.
For instance, the poll shows 73 percent support for the initiative that would have required companies with more than 15 employees to provide paid sick time, while 27 percent opposed it. That’s up from a poll done a year ago by the same group, which showed 67 percent backing it.
The poll’s release also comes in the wake of State Attorney Jeff Ashton‘s report Wednesday that said county Mayor Teresa Jacobs and four commissioners broke the law by deleting text messages that they shared with lobbyists who opposed the measure. Each faces a $500 civil fine.