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					   LEADERSHIP FLORIDA 2007 SUNSHINE STATE SURVEY

        FLORIDIANS SAY TAXES THE STATE’S MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
  CALL PROPERTY TAXES LEAST FAIR & MOST STRESSFUL ON THEIR FINANCES


When asked what was the most important issue facing the state, Florida adults (20%) named
taxes and government spending more often than any other single issue – a significant change
from just one year ago. In our 2006 survey, K-12 education was the top issue at 18%, followed
by insurance rates at 13%, with taxes coming in fifth at just 8% (behind healthcare and growth
management).
Now, education comes in second at 15%, insurance is third at 10% and healthcare and growth are
tied for fourth with 8% each. Those naming taxes have increased 12 percentage points in just
one year, while every other issue has only shifted within the margin for error of the two polls.


QUESTION: In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the State of Florida
today? (NOT READ)
                                                    2007           2006           NET

       Taxes/Government Spending                           20%             8%            +12%
       K-12 Education/Public Schools                       15%           18%              -3%
       Insurance Rates                                     10%           13%              -3%
       Growth Management                                    8%           10%              -2%
       Healthcare                                           8%           10%              -2%
       Economy/Jobs                                         7%            6%              +1%
       Environment/Oil Drilling                             6%            5%              +1%
       Crime/Drugs                                          5%            7%              -2%
       Immigration                                          5%            5%               -
       Cost of Housing                                      3%            1%              +2%
       Water/Drainage Issues                                3%             -              +3%
       Traffic/Transportation                               2%            1%              +1%
       Moral Issues/Family Values                           2%            1%              +1%
       Higher Education                                     1%            4%              -3%
       Social/Racial Issues                                 1%            1%               -
       Other                                                1%            3%              -2%
       None                                                  -            -               -
       Not Sure                                             2%            6%              -4%




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Overall, 39% of adults named taxes as their first or second most important issue, outpacing
education (31%), healthcare (21%) and insurance (18%).

QUESTION: In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the State of Florida
today? (NOT READ) What is the second most important?

                                                           1ST            2ND
       TOTAL

       Taxes/Government Spending                           20%            19%            39%
       K-12 Education/Public Schools                       15%            16%            31%
       Insurance Rates                                     10%             8%            18%
       Healthcare                                           8%            13%            21%
       Growth Management                                    8%             7%            15%
       Economy/Jobs                                         7%             8%            15%
       Environment/Oil Drilling/Climate Change              6%             5%            11%
       Crime/Drugs                                          5%             3%             8%
       Immigration                                          5%             6%            11%
       Cost of Housing                                      3%             1%             4%
       Water/Drainage Issues                                3%             1%             4%
       Moral Issues/Family Values                           2%             1%             3%
       Traffic/Transportation                               2%             2%             4%
       Higher Education                                     1%             3%             4%
       Social/Racial Issues                                 1%             1%             2%
       Government Corruption                                1%             1%             2%
       Other                                                1%             1%             2%
       None                                                 -              -              -
       Not Sure                                             2%             5%             7%


The tax issue resonates even stronger among registered voters (21%), Republicans (38%), those
over the age of 50 (21%), homeowners (21%), men (22%) and those who earn more than
$50,000 per year (24%).


                MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING FLORIDA TODAY
                 HOME       <50   50+    DEMS     REPS    INDS   <50K    50K+    MEN    WOMEN
                 OWNERS
TAXES              21%      17%    21%     9%      38%    13%     17%     24%    22%          18%
EDUCATION          14%      21%     8%    22%       6%    15%     13%     19%    13%          16%
INSURANCE          11%      12%     8%     9%      10%    14%      6%     12%     8%          12%
HEALTHCARE          7%       6%    10%    13%       4%     8%     10%      7%     6%          10%
GROWTH              9%       8%     8%     8%       9%     8%      5%      8%    10%           6%




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Results regarding government services and taxes have not changed significantly over the past
year. While most feel state government (44%) and local government (44%) try to provide “about
the right amount” of services, a significant number feel they are doing “too little.” At the state
level, those feeling government is doing “too little” increased by 8-points (from 28% to 36%),
but at the local level it increased only 2-points (from 30% to 32%).

QUESTION: Considering all the public services offered by all levels of government,
do you feel state government in Florida tries to do:

                                             2007           2006           REG
VOTERS

       Far too much                           5%             7%                      5%
       A little too much                      7%             9%                      6%
       About the right amount                44%            48%                     46%
       Too little                            36%            28%                     34%
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                    9%             8%                       9%


QUESTION: Considering all the public services offered by all levels of government,
do you feel your local government tries to do:

                                             2007           2006           REG
VOTERS

       Far too much                           7%             5%                      7%
       A little too much                     10%             7%                      9%
       About the right amount                44%            49%                     44%
       Too little                            32%            30%                     32%
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                    7%             9%                      7%


Those feeling government does “too little” is slightly higher among those who are
registered to vote.




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Results on state taxes are virtually unchanged over the past year, with little difference
between all Florida adults and those who are registered to vote.


QUESTION: In terms of the overall quality of state services provided in Florida, do
you feel your state taxes are:

                                              2007            2006           REG
VOTERS

       Much too high                          21%             21%                    20%
       A little too high                      20%             18%                    21%
       About right                            47%             47%                    47%
       A little too low                        4%              5%                     4%
       Much too low                            -               -                      -
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                     7%              9%                     8%


There has been a slight increase in the number of those who indicated local taxes are “too
high” – jumping from 45% to 48%. Among registered voters, 49% said local taxes are
“too high” while 46% thought they are “about right” or “too low.”


QUESTION: In terms of the overall quality of local services provided in your
county, do you feel your local taxes are:

                                              2007            2006           REG
VOTERS

       Much too high                          26%             24%                    26%
       A little too high                      22%             21%                    23%
       About right                            43%             46%                    42%
       A little too low                        4%              4%                     4%
       Much too low                            -               -                      -
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                     5%              6%                     5%




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When specifically asked which Florida government revenue source was the least fair, Floridians
overwhelmingly said property taxes (46%). Among registered voters the response was even
higher (48%).

QUESTION: Which one of the following Florida government revenue sources do you feel is
the least fair? (ORDER ROTATED)

                                             ALL ADULTS            REG VOTERS

       Property taxes                              46%                   48%
       Gas tax                                     14%                   14%
       State sales tax                              8%                    8%
       Liquor/Cigarette Excise taxes                6%                    6%
       Lottery                                      6%                    6%
       Corporate taxes                              5%                    5%
       User fees                                    5%                    4%
       Hotel/Tourist taxes                          3%                    3%
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                          7%                    6%


Those who most often cited property taxes were homeowners (52%), Republicans (53%) and
those who earn more than $50,000 (54%). The issue, however, cuts across party lines to a
significant degree with 45% of Democrats and 47% of Independents calling it the least fair.

                             HOME        DEMS       REPS      INDS      <$50K     $50K+
                             OWNER
PROPERTY TAXES                52%         45%        53%       47%       31%       54%
GAS TAX                       12%         14%        14%       14%       18%       14%
SALES TAX                      7%          8%         8%        8%       13%        6%




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Later in the survey, Floridians were asked what was the single greatest stress on their household
finances, and most again answered property taxes (29%). Gas prices (22%) was a clear second,
followed by home insurance (14%) and personal debt (12%). The percentage citing property
taxes was slightly higher among registered voters (31%).

QUESTION : What would you say is putting the single greatest stress on your own
household’s finances? (NOT READ)

                                                         ALL ADULTS          REG VOTERS

Property taxes                                                  29%               31%
Gas prices                                                      22%               23%
Home insurance                                                  14%               14%
Personal debt (loan repayments, mortgages, etc.)                12%               10%
Health care costs                                                6%                6%
Child-raising costs (day care, tuition, clothes, etc.)           5%                5%
Rising rental rates                                              3%                3%
Prescription drugs                                               1%                1%
Alimony ; child support                                          1%                1%
Elder care costs                                                 1%                1%
Car payments                                                     -                 1%
Other                                                            3%                3%
Not Sure/Refused                                                 2%                2%

Those most likely to say property taxes were homeowners (37%), and those who earn more than
$50,000 (36%). Voters across party lines also indicated financial stress from property taxes.

                                HOME         DEMS        REPS     INDS      <$50K    $50K+
                                OWNER
PROPERTY TAXES                   37%          29%        33%          34%   19%         36%
GAS PRICES                       22%          25%        22%          20%   23%         21%
HOME INSURANCE                   17%          10%        17%          16%   10%         16%
PERSONAL DEBT                     8%          10%         9%          10%   18%          9%




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         FLORIDIANS CONTINUE TO SEE QUALITY OF LIFE SLIPPING
             ONE IN FIVE CONSIDERING LEAVING THE STATE
        MAJORITY FEEL GROWTH NOT BEING EFFECTIVELY MANAGED

More Floridians continue to feel that the quality of life in the state over the past five years has gotten
worse (43%) than feel it has gotten better (15%), with this year’s findings even worse than last year.
Statewide, those saying things are getting worse outnumber those saying it is getting better by a margin
of almost 3-1. In 2006, that ratio was only 2-1.

(ASKED OF THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED IN FLORIDA MORE THAN 5 YEARS n=1,106)
QUESTION: Would you say as a place to live, FLORIDA is better now than it was five years ago
or would you say it is worse or about the same?

                                      2007           2006            NET

               Better                 15%            18%             -3%
               Worse                  43%            36%             +7%
               Same                   41%            45%             -4%
               Not Sure                1%             1%              -

Looking ahead Floridians don’t expect that trend to change, with 37% feeling that Florida will become a
worse place to live, while only 24% think it will get better. Residents were about equally divided about
the future of their local community and more positive about their own neighborhoods. These results
mirror findings from 2006.

QUESTION: Looking ahead to the next 5 years, do you think that ___ will become a better
or worse place to live, or do you think it will stay about the same?

                                      BETTER         WORSE           SAME           DK
   -   The State of Florida

                       2006           23%            37%             29%            10%
                       2007           24%            37%             32%             7%

   -   Your own community

                       2006           31%            33%             31%             6%
                       2007           29%            37%             30%             3%

   -   Your own neighborhood

                        2006            28%          20%            46%              5%
                        2007            27%          18%            53%              2%
While a majority of Floridians (62%) continue to say that they would tell a friend or relative to move to
Florida, a significant 33% still say they would not make such a recommendation.




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QUESTION: Would you tell a friend or relative to move to the state of Florida?

                                     2007           2006

                      Yes             62%           62%
                      No              33%           33%
                      Not Sure         5%            5%


Furthermore, 20% of Florida adults said they are seriously considering moving out of the state.
Residents under the age of 50 were slightly more likely to be considering an out-of-state move.

QUESTION: Are you seriously considering moving out of the state of Florida?

                      ALL            <50            50+

       Yes             20%           23%            18%
       No              78%           74%            80%
       Not Sure         2%            3%             2%


Floridians are equally split over the impact of more people moving into the state. Registered voters and
those over the age of 50 are more likely to feel the negatives outweigh the positives.

QUESTION: Some people think that new people moving to Florida is a good thing for the
state. Others believe that it is a bad thing. For you personally, do the positive aspects of
growth outweigh the negatives, or the negatives outweigh the positives?
                                                           REG
                                                   ALL VOTERS            <50 50+

Positives outweigh Negatives                        45%      43%           48% 42%
Negatives outweigh Positives       .                43%      44%           41% 44%
They balance out about equally (NOT READ)            7%        7%            6% 7%
Not Sure (NOT READ)                                  6%        6%            5% 7%




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Floridians strongly oppose trading higher population densities in their neighborhoods to preserve open
space in other parts of their community. Statewide, 68% were opposed, with that opposition coming
across all groups and across the state.


QUESTION: Some Floridians support higher population density in their own
neighborhood to preserve greenway and open spaces in other parts of their community.
Other residents are opposed to increasing population densities because they feel it would
cause problems, such as traffic congestion. Which of these views comes closest to your own
view?

       Support Higher Densities             23%
       Oppose Higher Densities              68%
       Not Sure                              9%



HIGHER DENSITIES?                           SUPPORT          OPPOSE       UNDECIDED
REGISTERED VOTERS                             22%             69%            9%

DEMOCRATS                                       20%            71%              9%
REPUBLICANS                                     22%            68%             10%
INDEPENDENTS                                    27%            66%              7%

<50                                             25%            67%               8%
50+                                             21%            69%               9%

PANHANDLE                                       26%            68%              6%
NORTHEAST FLORIDA                               24%            67%              9%
ORLANDO/DAYTONA                                 24%            70%              6%
TAMPA BAY METRO                                 21%            70%              9%
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA                               27%            64%              9%
PALM BEACH/TREASURE COAST                       22%            61%             18%
SOUTHEAST FLORIDA                               21%            71%              9%




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A majority of Floridians (52%) continue to say that their local government is not effectively managing
growth in their community. This sentiment is also strong and consistent among all groups and across the
state.

QUESTION: Do you feel your local government is effectively or not effectively managing growth
in your community?

                                            2007          2006

                      Effectively           39%           38%
                      Not Effectively       52%           52%
                      Not Sure               9%           11%


LOCAL GOVT EFFECTIVELY
MANAGING GROWTH?                               YES            NO          NOT SURE
REGISTERED VOTERS                              37%            55%            8%

DEMOCRATS                                      34%            57%              9%
REPUBLICANS                                    42%            50%              8%
INDEPENDENTS                                   33%            60%              7%

<50                                            42%            51%              7%
50+                                            36%            53%             11%

PANHANDLE                                      33%            56%             11%
NORTHEAST FLORIDA                              42%            41%             17%
ORLANDO/DAYTONA                                45%            48%              7%
TAMPA BAY METRO                                43%            50%              7%
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA                              42%            51%              7%
PALM BEACH/TREASURE COAST                      34%            54%             11%
SOUTHEAST FLORIDA                              31%            59%             10%




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    MAJORITY SEE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AS VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM
   SUPPORT STRONG CONTROL MEASURES, BUT ACKNOWLEDGE VALUE OF LABOR

A majority of Floridians (51%) feel illegal immigration is a very serious problem in the state, with an
additional 25% calling it a somewhat serious problem and only 22% indicating it was either not too
serious or not a problem at all.

QUESTION: Do you feel illegal immigration in Florida is:

       - A very serious problem                      51%
       - A somewhat serious problem                  25%
       - Not that serious of a problem               16%
       - Not a problem at all                         6%
       - Not Sure (NOT READ)                          2%

The perceived seriousness of the illegal immigration problem, however, reveals a number of political
divisions in the state. Those who are more likely to say it is a very serious problem are registered voters
(53%), Republicans (67%), Independents (59%), whites (55%) and African-Americans (53%). Those
less likely to describe it as very serious are Democrats (37%) and Hispanics (34%). Even within the
Hispanic community there is significant division, with 44% of those from Cuban descent saying it is a
very serious problem, but only 26% of non-Cuban Hispanics feeling that way.


         SERIOUSNESS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN FLORIDA
              VERY        SW     NOT TOO   NOT A
             SERIOUS   SERIOUS   SERIOUS PROBLEM NOT SURE
REG VOTERS     53%        24%      15%       6%        2%

DEMS                    37%              25%          26%             10%              2%
REPS                    67%              24%           5%              2%              2%
INDS                    59%              21%          14%              5%              1%

WHITE                   55%              24%          14%              5%              2%
BLACK                   53%              25%          17%              5%              1%
HISPANIC                34%              27%          23%             15%              1%

CUBAN                   44%              27%          16%             13%               -
NON-CUBAN               26%              26%          29%             18%              1%




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A majority of Floridians (54%) are in favor of tougher policy measures to deal with illegal immigration,
while 39% support guest worker programs and creating a path to citizenship.


QUESTION: In terms of immigration, which general policy approach do you most
support: (ORDER ROTATED)

54% – Tightening security along the border, penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants
and deporting those who are in the country illegally, or

39% – Creating a guest worker program, allowing those who are working and can clear a
criminal background check to stay and granting amnesty to those who want to become citizens?

 7% – Not Sure (NOT READ)


The approach to handling illegal immigration also sparks several sharp political divisions in Florida.
Those most in favor of taking a tough approach are registered voters (56%), Republicans (76%),
Independents (63%), whites (57%) and African-Americans (56%). Democrats (58%) and Hispanics
(60%) are in favor of creating a path to citizenship. In the Hispanic community, Cubans are about
equally divided (49%-45% for tough measures), while non-Cubans back citizenship by a wide margin
(74%-24%).


                                       IMMIGRATION POLICY

                      SECURE BORDER                     GUEST WORKER
                    PENALIZE EMPLOYERS                     PATH TO                   NOT
                          DEPORT                         CITIZENSHIP                 SURE
REG VOTERS                  56%                              37%                      7%

DEMS                             33%                             58%                   9%
REPS                             76%                             19%                   5%
INDS                             63%                             28%                   9%

WHITE                            57%                             35%                   8%
BLACK                            56%                             41%                   3%
HISPANIC                         36%                             60%                   4%

CUBAN                            49%                             45%                   6%
NON-CUBAN                        24%                             74%                   2%



Despite strong concern about the illegal immigration problem and calls for stronger action to control it,
the majority of Floridians continue to recognize that illegal immigrants in the state primarily fill jobs


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that others won’t do. Statewide, 59% feel that illegal immigrants primarily fill agriculture and tourism
jobs, while only 34% said they primarily take away jobs from Floridians. These results are very similar
to those from the 2006 Sunshine State Survey.


QUESTION: Do you feel that illegal immigrants in Florida primarily take away jobs from
other Floridians, or do they primarily fill jobs in agriculture and tourism that many other
Floridians won’t do?

                                     2007           2006

               Take Jobs             34%            31%
               Fill Jobs             59%            60%
               Not Sure               7%             9%


Those more likely to think illegal immigrants are taking jobs are registered voters (36%), Republicans
(42%) and whites (38%). Those more likely to feel they are filling jobs are Democrats (63%), Blacks
(67%) and Hispanics (78%). Among Hispanics, non-Cubans (87%) overwhelmingly say they are filling
jobs that others won’t take.


                           ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN FLORIDA

                      TAKE JOBS              FILL JOBS              NOT SURE
REG VOTERS               36%                    56%                    8%

DEMS                       32%                   62%                     6%
REPS                       42%                   50%                     8%
INDS                       31%                   57%                    13%

WHITE                      38%                   54%                     8%
BLACK                      28%                   67%                     5%
HISPANIC                   16%                   78%                     6%

CUBAN                      21%                   68%                    11%
NON-CUBAN                  12%                   87%                     1%




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                       FLORIDIANS VIEWS ON ISSUES:
     ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO EXISTING BUSINESSES
        HOUSING – A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR CURRENT RESIDENTS
               CRIME – COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS VARY

Floridians hold a wide range of views on the issues of economic development, housing and crime.
Statewide, by a plurality of 43%-38%, Floridians favor state economic development agencies putting
greater emphasis on keeping existing businesses and jobs that are already here rather than attracting new
businesses and jobs to move into the state. A significant 14% volunteered that it should do both. Views
did not differ that much among voter groups.

QUESTION: Do you feel Florida’s state economic development agencies should put a greater
emphasis on keeping existing businesses and jobs that are already here, or attracting new
businesses and jobs to move into the state?

       Keep Existing Business/Jobs                  43%
       Attract New Business/Jobs                    38%
       Both (DO NOT READ)                           14%
       Not Sure                                      6%

              REG VOTERS                   DEMS            REPS           INDS
KEEP EXISTING     43%                       44%            44%             41%
ATTRACT NEW       36%                       40%            32%             38%
BOTH              15%                       12%            17%             16%
NOT SURE           6%                        4%             7%              5%


A majority of Floridians continue to favor incentives to businesses as encouragement for them to expand
or re-locate to Florida. Support is stronger among registered voters (57%), Republicans (61%),
Independents (60%) and those earning $75,000+ (63%).

QUESTION: Some people favor offering incentives to businesses to encourage them expand or re-
locate to Florida thereby creating more jobs and tax revenue. Others oppose such incentives and
see them as a form of corporate welfare. Which view comes closest to your own opinion?
                                                               2007         2006

       Favor incentives to create more jobs and tax revenue        55%            59%
       Oppose incentives as a form of corporate welfare            32%            29%
       Not Sure                                                    12%            12%


               REG VOTERS DEMS REPS                 INDS      <$75K $75K+
FAVOR              57%     52% 61%                   60%       50%   63%
OPPOSE             32%     35% 28%                   30%       35%   30%
NOT SURE           11%     13% 11%                   10%       15%    7%



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A majority of Floridians continues to feel that affordable housing is a serious problem facing many
current Florida residents, and not just those thinking about moving into the state.

QUESTION: Some believe that affordable housing is a serious problem facing many current
Florida residents. Others believe that the issue is a more serious problem for people thinking of
moving to Florida. Which of these views comes closest to your own?

                                                                          2007           2006

       A serious problem facing many current Florida residents            62%            59%
       A serious problem for people thinking of moving to Florida         14%            14%
       Both (NOT READ)                                                    14%            17%
       Neither; it is not a serious problem (NOT READ)                     6%             5%
       Not Sure (NOT READ)                                                 4%             5%


The seriousness of crime appears to vary greatly from community to community. When asked to rate
the seriousness of crime in their community, 48% described it as “very serious” or “somewhat
serious”, while 51% said it was “not too serious” or “not a problem.”

QUESTION: Would you describe crime in your community as a very serious problem, a
somewhat serious problem, not that serious of a problem or not a problem at all?

                                     2007           2006

       Very Serious                  19%            21%
       SW Serious                    29%            30%
       Not Too Serious               35%            34%
       Not a Problem                 16%            15%
       Not Sure                       1%             1%

Crime was reported as being relatively more serious in their community by African-Americans (61%)
and those earning less than $50,000.

                WHITES BLACKS HISPANICS <$50K $50K+
VERY/SW SERIOUS  47%     61%     47%     54%   44%
NOT SERIOUS      52%     39%     52%     46%   56%
NOT SURE          1%       -      1%       -     -




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The majority of Floridians report no change in crime in their community over the past year (55%), but
over a third (36%) did report an increase.

QUESTION: Over the past year, would you say that crime in your community has increased,
decreased or stayed about the same?

                                     2007          2006

       Increased                     36%           35%
       Decreased                      8%           10%
       Same                          55%           54%
       Not Sure                       1%            1%

Those more likely to report an increase in crime in their community were African-Americans (52%) and
those earning less than $75,000.


          WHITES BLACKS HISPANICS <$75K $75K+
INCREASED  35%     52%     30%     41%   29%
DECREASED    5%    13%     17%      7%    7%
SAME       59%     35%     52%     51%   63%
NOT SURE    1%       -      1%      1%    1%




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                            FLORIDIANS PRACTICE CIVIC ACTIVISM

Florida enjoys a reputation as a crucial political state filled with educated and active voters, and survey
results largely back that up.

Within the past year, a majority (53%) called, visited, faxed or e-mailed something to a government
official, while half (50%) have signed a petition, and just slightly less than half have attended a public
meeting (42%), or been active in a homeowner’s or condo association (36%). These figures generally
exceed the national averages.

The numbers are lower on more grass roots political activism, with only 15% having called into a radio
show to express an opinion, only 8% working in a political campaign or going door-to-door for a group
and just 4% participating in a march or protest.

QUESTION: Now I would like to ask you whether you have been involved in some other types of
activities. As I read each one, please tell me if you have done it within the past year. Have you
___________?
                                                                                 Yes No

- Helped a neighbor in need?                                                          92%     8%
- Joined or contributed money to an organization?                                     69%    31%
- Called, visited, sent, faxed, or e-mailed something to a government official?       53%    47%
- Signed a petition?                                                                  50%    50%
- Attended a town meeting, public hearing, or public affairs discussion group?        42%    58%
- Been active in your homeowner’s or condo association?                               36%    64%
- Called into a radio or TV station to express an opinion?                            15%    85%
- Gone door-to-door for a political or social group or candidate?                      8%    92%
- Worked in a political campaign?                                                      8%    92%
- Participated in a protest, march, or demonstration?                                  4%    96%


The results are very similar to 2006, indicating there is little difference in civic activism between
election and non-election years.


                                            2007            2006
HELPED NEEDY NEIGHBOR                       92%             90%
CONTRIBUTED MONEY                           69%             66%
CONTACTED GOVT OFFICIAL                     53%             50%
SIGNED PETITION                             50%             49%
ATTENDED PUBLIC MEETING                     42%             43%
CALLED RADIO SHOW                           15%             13%
WORKED IN CAMPAIGN                           8%              7%
GONE DOOR-TO-DOOR                            8%              7%
PARTICIPATED IN PROTEST                      4%              2%



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Civic activism is higher among registered voters, those with college degrees, and those making more than
$100,000 per year. Interestingly, civic activism is actually higher among those under the age of 65 than it
is among the state’s senior citizens.


                      REG                          NON-         COLLEGE
                     VOTERS         <65   65+    COLLEGE         GRAD   <$100K $100K+
CONTACTED
OFFICIAL                55%         55% 47%          46%            66%          50%         64%
SIGNED
PETITION                51%         53% 41%          43%            62%          48%         59%
ATTENDED
MEETING                 44%         43% 39%          36%            52%          38%         55%


A significant 63% of Floridians say they pay attention to government and public affairs “most of the
time”, while only 37% say they do so only “some of the time”, “only now and then”, or “hardly at all.”

QUESTION: Some people seem to follow what’s going on in government and public affairs most of
the time, whether there’s an election or not. Others aren’t that interested. Would you say you follow
what’s going on in government and public affairs most of the time, some of the time, only now and
then, or hardly at all?

                                             2007           2006

       Most of the time                      63%            58%
       Some of the time                      26%            30%
       Only now and then                      6%             7%
       Hardly at all                          5%             5%

Those who pay attention to government and public affairs “most of the time” are registered voters
(68%), men (71%), those over the age of 50+ (70%), college graduates (77%) and those who earn at
least $75,000.

                   REG        <50   50+   MEN   WOMEN      COLLEGE        NON-      $<75K    $75K+
                  VOTERS                                    GRAD        COLLEGE
MOST OF TIME        68%       55%   70%   71%       56%      77%           55%         57%    74%
SOME/HARDLY         32%       45%   30%   29%       44%      23%           45%         43%    26%




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Those who don’t register to vote continue to say it is because they have no interest in politics or just
haven’t taken the time to go do it – both a general indication of apathy.


QUESTION: Are you currently a registered to vote in Florida?

               Yes                            82%
               No                             18%


(IF “NO” n=219) QUESTION: Why are you not registered to vote?

                                                              2007           2006

               Not interested in politics/voting              49%            50%
               Just never got around to it                    29%            23%
               Not eligible (non-citizen/felon, etc.)          8%            11%
               Registered somewhere else                       6%             7%
               Don’t know how/where to do it                   2%             4%
               Don’t want jury duty                            2%             3%
               Don’t want to be in the file                    2%             1%
               Language barriers                               1%             -
               Other/Not Sure                                  1%             1%




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             GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE RATINGS IN FLORIDA DECLINE
               STATE GETS MIXED REVIEWS ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES


Floridians continue to give government mediocre ratings for the job it does serving the public and
similarly gives mixed ratings to state government’s handling of Florida’s major public policy issues.
Statewide, only 35% rated state government’s performance as “excellent” or “good”, and 36% gave that
rating to their local county government. In both instances, however, these ratings were considerably
higher than Floridians view of the federal government, which drew a dismal 25% positive rating.

Other institutions, including local school boards (37%), city government (35%) and the state court
system (30%) were rated in the same range as state and local government.

QUESTION: How would you rate the overall performance of government? Would you say that
_______ consistently does an excellent, good, fair, or poor job of serving the public?

                                                               Excellent Good Fair Poor DK/NA

- Federal Government                                               3%     22%     33%    39%      2%
- State Government                                                 4%     31%     39%    23%      2%
- Your County Government                                           2%     34%     35%    24%      4%
- Your Local School Board                                          6%     31%     24%    16%     23%
- Your City Government (if they live in a city)                    4%     31%     27%    12%     26%
- Florida’s Court system                                           1%     29%     34%    17%     19%


In every instance, government’s performance was rated slightly lower than in 2006.

                                2007 POSITIVE           2006 POSITIVE
                                   RATING                  RATING                 NET
FEDERAL GOVT                          25%                     28%                 -3%
STATE GOVT                            35%                     38%                 -3%
LOCAL GOVT                            36%                     40%                 -4%
SCHOOL BOARD                          37%                     38%                 -1%
CITY GOVT                             35%                     39%                 -4%
FLORIDA COURTS                        30%                     35%                 -5%




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When it comes to handling specific issues, state government’s ratings don’t improve much. Only in a few
areas did the state’s positive performance rating top 40%. Floridians gave the state government its highest
marks for making it convenient to vote (78%), informing citizens about election laws and procedures (58%)
and providing good higher education (58%). The areas where citizens found their state government most
lacking were providing health care for seniors (24%), assisting the mentally and physically disabled (26%),
managing the state’s finances (26%) and providing adequate transportation (29%). In all other categories, the
state government’s positive performance rating ranged from 32% to 41%.

How good a job does the state do in:                          Excellent Good     Fair Poor DK/NA

- Making it convenient to vote                                   23%      53%    16%      6%      1%
- Informing citizens about election laws & procedures            12%      46%    24%     14%      4%
- Providing good higher education                                10%      48%    25%      8%      9%
- Providing election equipment that is highly dependable           7%     34%    25%     28%      7%
- Protecting the environment                                       3%     37%    35%     20%      4%
- Providing good public education                                  3%     34%    34%     26%      3%
- Prosecuting criminals                                            4%     32%    35%     21%      7%
- Improving Race relations                                         1%     33%    34%     19%     13%
- Creating jobs                                                    3%     30%    35%     22%     11%
- Providing Health care for young children                         3%     29%    29%     23%     17%
- Providing for adequate transportation                            1%     28%    30%     34%      8%
- Managing the state’s finances                                    3%     23%    37%     26%     11%
- Assisting the mentally & physically disabled                     1%     25%    23%     26%     25%
- Providing Health care for seniors                                2%     22%    27%     32%     17%

In almost every category, the 2007 ratings were lower than in 2006. Most significant, was the 8-point
drop in the positive rating the state received for managing its finances.

                                       2007 POSITIVE         2006 POSITIVE           NET
                                          RATING                RATING
CONVENIANT TO VOTE                           76%                   79%                -3%
ELECTION INFO                                58%                   60%                -2%
HIGHER ED                                    58%                   59%                -1%
ELECTION EQUIPMENT                           41%                   43%                -2%
ENVIRONMENT                                  40%                   45%                -5%
K-12 EDUCATION                               37%                   41%                -4%
PROSECUTION                                  36%                   37%                -1%
RACE RELATIONS                               34%                   37%                -3%
JOBS                                         33%                   36%                -3%
CHILDRENS HEALTH                             32%                   36%                -4%
TRANSPORTATION                               29%                   28%                +1%
MANAGING FINANCES                            26%                   34%                -8%
DISABLED                                     26%                   25%                +1%
SENIOR HEALTH                                24%                   29%                -5%




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Government’s sub-par performance ratings are not necessarily a mandate for more government
programs and services. Most Floridians feel state and local government provides “about the right
amount of” or “too much” service.

QUESTION: Considering all the public services offered by all levels of government, do you feel
state government in Florida tries to do:

                                                   2007           2006

              Far too much                          5%             5%
              A little too much                     7%             7%
              About the right amount               44%            49%
              Too little                           36%            30%
              Not Sure (NOT READ)                   9%             9%


                         REG
                        VOTERS            DEMS            REPS           INDS
TOO MUCH                  11%              10%            15%              9%
ABOUT RIGHT               46%              42%            53%             41%
TOO LITTLE                34%              43%            21%             42%
NOT SURE                   9%               5%            12%              8%


QUESTION: Considering all the public services offered by all levels of government, do you feel
your local government tries to do:

                                                   2007           2006

              Far too much                          7%             7%
              A little too much                    10%             9%
              About the right amount               44%            48%
              Too little                           32%            28%
              Not Sure (NOT READ)                   7%             8%

                         REG
                        VOTERS            DEMS            REPS           INDS
TOO MUCH                  17%              15%            20%             15%
ABOUT RIGHT               44%              47%            43%             41%
TOO LITTLE                32%              34%            27%             37%
NOT SURE                   7%               4%            10%              7%




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Concern about the competency of government even reaches to the issue of emergency
preparedness. Statewide, a majority continues to feel that the state and local authorities are
not prepared to handle a terrorist attack on their town.


QUESTION: If terrorist were to target a city or town in Florida, do you feel state and
local authorities are prepared or not prepared to deal with such an attack?

                                                      2007           2006

               Prepared                               35%            36%
               Not Prepared                           52%            50%
               Not Sure                               13%            14%

                           REG
                          VOTERS            DEMS             REPS           INDS
PREPARED                    36%              31%             40%             36%
NOT PREPARED                52%              58%             46%             53%
NOT SURE                    12%              11%             14%             11%




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      HIGHER EDUCATION IN FLORIDA RATED BETTER THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      TEACHER PAY, CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE & ACCOUNTABILITY TOP PRIORITIES

Florida residents only give their local public schools marginally favorable ratings, but they give the
state’s public colleges and universities very high marks. Statewide, 49% rate the quality of public
education in their local schools as “excellent” or “good”, while 23% rate them as “fair” and 17% rate
them “poor.”

QUESTION: How would you rate the quality of education in your local public schools: excellent,
good, fair or poor?

                                     2007            2006

               Excellent             13%             14%
               Good                  36%             36%
               Fair                  23%             26%
               Poor                  17%             16%
               Not Sure              11%              9%


Ratings of the public schools did not vary between registered voters and non-voters. Those with
children and grandchildren in the public schools generally gave the schools higher marks.


                               CHILD IN       CHILD IN       GRANDCHILD GRANDCHILD
           REG                 SCHOOL?        SCHOOL?         IN SCHOOL? IN SCHOOL?
          VOTERS                 YES            NO                YES         NO
EXCELLENT   13%                  20%            11%               12%        13%
GOOD        36%                  39%            35%               41%        35%
FAIR        23%                  28%            22%               22%        24%
POOR        17%                  13%            18%               11%        18%
NOT SURE    11%                    -            14%               14%        10%




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Increasing teacher pay is the top priority mentioned by most Floridians (36%), but the figure is slightly
lower among registered voters (33%). Teacher pay scores high among those with children enrolled in
public school (41%). The other top priorities for the public schools are improving discipline in the
classroom (20%) and more accountability and better management of financial resources (16%).

QUESTION: Which one of the following do you feel should be the top priority of your local public
school system: (ORDER ROTATED)

Increase teacher pay to attract & retain the best teachers                  36%
Improve discipline in the classroom                                         20%
More accountability & better management of financial resources              16%
Reduce class size                                                           10%
Raise standards to improve test scores                                       9%
Better safety in schools                                                     4%
Build new and improve existing school facilities                             4%
Other/Not Sure (NOT READ)                                                    2%



                                            CHILD IN SCHOOL? CHILD IN SCHOOL?
               REG VOTERS                          YES              NO
TEACHER PAY        33%                             41%              34%
DISCIPLINE         21%                             15%              21%
ACCOUNTABILITY     17%                             14%              17%
CLASS SIZE         10%                             10%               9%
TEST SCORES         9%                             10%               8%
SCHOOL SAFETY       4%                              3%               5%
NEW FACILITIES      4%                              7%               3%
OTHER/DK            2%                               -               3%




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Florida’s FCAT standard achievement test continues to divide residents, with a majority (52%)
now opposing it. Among registered voters, however, only a plurality is opposed (49%).

QUESTION: Florida has a standard achievement test called FCAT. Some people believe
that such a test is necessary to hold schools accountable for how well they educate students.
Other people believe that such tests do not accurately measure what students have learned.
Which of these opinions comes closer to your view?

                                            2007          2006

              FCAT is Necessary             39%           40%
              FCAT is Not Necessary         52%           48%
              Not Sure                       9%           12%

Democrats (70%), women (56%), those with children in public schools (61%) and those with
grandchildren in public schools (58%) are the strongest opponents of the FCAT. The FCAT has
the strong support of Republicans (63%)

                                        FCAT             FCAT NOT
                                      NECESSARY         NECESSARY        NOT SURE
REG VOTERS                               41%               49%              9%

DEMOCRATS                                  21%               70%              9%
REPUBLICANS                                63%               29%              8%
INDEPENDENTS                               42%               46%             12%

MEN                                        45%               48%              7%
WOMEN                                      33%               56%             11%

CHILD IN SCHOOL                            39%               61%               -
NO CHILD IN SCHOOL                         37%               50%             13%

GRANDCHILD IN SCHOOL                       35%               58%              7%
NO GRANDCHILD IN SCHOOL                    39%               51%             10%




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Statewide, 65% expressed concern about the safety of children in school and on their way to and from
school. The level of concern was similar among all groups across the state.

QUESTION: Thinking about the schools in your community, how concerned are you about
the safety of the children both in school and on their way to and from school? Are you:

                      Very concerned                 37%
                      Somewhat concerned             28%
                      Not too concerned              24%
                      Not concerned at all            8%
                      Not Sure (NOT READ)             3%

Florida residents rate the state’s colleges and universities very favorably. Statewide, 71% rate them as
“excellent” or “good.” Those with a college degree (77%) and with higher income (82%) rate them
even better.

QUESTION: How would you rate the quality of higher education in Florida’s state colleges
and universities: excellent, good, fair or poor?

                      Excellent              24%
                      Good                   47%
                      Fair                   15%
                      Poor                    1%
                      Not Sure               13%


          COLLEGE GRAD NON-COLLEGE <$75K $75K+
EXCELLENT     25%          23%      21%   32%
GOOD          52%          44%      46%   50%
FAIR          14%          15%      17%   10%
POOR           1%           2%       2%    1%
NOT SURE       8%          16%      14%    7%




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Floridians have mixed views about state college and university tuition rates. Statewide, 34% feel they
are “about right”, 21% rate them as “a little too high”, while 20% say “much too high” and 23% are not
sure.

QUESTION: In terms of tuition rates at Florida’s state colleges and universities, do you feel they
are:

              Much too high                        20%
              A little too high                    21%
              About right                          34%
              A little too low                      1%
              Much too low                          1%
              Not Sure (NOT READ)                  23%



Half (50%), however, feel admission standards are “about right” and only 15% feel they are “too
difficult.”

QUESTION: Do you feel the current standards to get into Florida state colleges and universities
are:

              Much too difficult                    4%
              A little too difficult               11%
              About right                          50%
              A little too easy                     8%
              Much too easy                         1%
              Not Sure (NOT READ)                  26%




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                           HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED


This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from
November19 through November 30, 2007. A total of 1,200 resident Florida adults were
interviewed statewide by telephone.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone
numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized and quotas were assigned to reflect adult
population by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than
plus or minus 2.1 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the
"true" figure would fall within that range if all adults were surveyed. The margin for error is
higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

The survey also includes a sub-sample of 981 registered voters. The margin for error on results
among registered voters is plus or minus 3.2%.




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                                    DEMOGRAPHICS

- Are you currently a registered to vote in Florida?

              Yes                           82% (981)
              No                            18% (219)


- What is your current official party voter registration? Are you registered as a:

              Democrat                                   41% (402)
              Republican                                 38% (374)
              Independent or Other                       20% (198)
              Not Sure/Refused (NOT READ)                 1%   (7)


- What is your age?

              18-34                 252   (21%)
              35-49                 327   (27%)
              50-64                 324   (27%)
              65+                   292   (24%)
              Refused                 5


- Do you own your home, rent your home or do you live with someone else?

              Homeowner                                  920 (77%)
              Renter                                     258 (22%)
              Live free with someone else                 17 (1%)
              Refused                                      5


- Which of the following best describes your racial/ethnic origin?

              White or Anglo                      868 (72%)
              Black or African-American           132 (11%)
              Hispanic or Latino                  165 (14%)
              Asian or Other                       31 (3%)
              Refused (NOT READ)                    4




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- What is your annual household income before taxes?

             Less than $25,000          128     (11%)
             $25,000-$34,999            124     (10%)
             $35,000-$49,999            128     (11%)
             $50,000-$74,999            206     (17%)
             $75,000-$99,999            170     (14%)
             $100,000+                  174     (15%)
             Refused                    270     (23%)


GENDER:

                    Male         567 (47%)
                    Female       633 (53%)



REGION:

                    Panhandle                           100    (8%)
                    Northeast Florida                   120   (10%)
                    Orlando/Daytona                     220   (18%)
                    Tampa Bay Metro                     220   (18%)
                    Southwest Florida                   120   (10%)
                    Palm Beach/Treasure Coast           125   (10%)
                    Southeast Florida                   295   (25%)




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