The latest Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday morning brings us a couple of other reasons why alienation occasionally surfaces among progressives.
Democrats (and some Republicans) around the state, as well as voting rights groups and the federal government, are outraged at Governor Rick Scott's attempt to purge the voting rolls of non-citizens.
Let's be clear here. If that's the way the question is phrased, 100 percent of respondents would agree that they want to rid the rolls of such deadbeats. But of course it's the way the purge was being implemented (with bad names) which has led to such opposition. Today's Q poll shows 60 percent supporting Scott's attempts.
There's almost an equal amount of support for another controversial Florida issue — the Stand Your Ground Law.
That law exploded into the consciousness of the nation after the fatal February 26 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
The Q poll shows that 56 percent support SYG, while 37 percent oppose.
Among Republicans, 81 percent of those surveyed like the law (only 12 percent don't).
Among independents, Stand Your Ground is also popular, though not overwhelmingly so, with 55 percent saying they like it, and 39 percent opposed.
With Democrats it's a different story. Sixty percent oppose the law, while 30 percent like it.
Among those Democrats is one who serves in Congress, Miami-area Representative Frederica Wilson.
Wilson said last week that she intended to introduce legislation to repeal the law, saying, "The thought that George Zimmerman could get away with such a horrendous crime is a travesty of justice. There are bills in other states known by different taglines that have the same unintended consequences as [Florida's] Stand Your Ground [law]. They should all be repealed.”
The Hill reported last week that Wilson’s proposal would discourage “Stand Your Ground” laws by withholding some federal transportation dollars from states that adopt them.
In the GOP-controlled House in Washington, however, it's not likely Wilson's bill will pass.