January 5, 2024

Poll: More than 7 in 10 Florida Voters Oppose Legislation That Rolls Back Child Labor Protections

FLORIDA - A new poll shows that 72% of Florida voters oppose legislation that would allow employers to schedule 16- and 17-year-olds past 11 p.m. on school nights and for more than 30 hours during school weeks — provisions included in House Bill (HB) 49.

The poll, commissioned by the nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute (FPI), found that a majority of voters from across the political spectrum oppose undoing these protections, including 83% of Democrats, 61% of Republicans, and 73% of independent voters, which includes third party voters and those with no party affiliation.

On December 13, 2023, the Florida House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee passed HB 49, the first of three committee stops before the bill could head to the House floor. There is currently no Senate companion bill.

“The results of this poll are not surprising — Florida voters want the best for kids in this state, and are not willing to sacrifice the well-being of children so employers can fill open positions with cheap labor,” said Sadaf Knight, CEO of FPI.  “Our state lawmakers should be focused on improving the health and safety of Florida youth, not removing crucial labor law protections.”

“These poll results confirm what we are seeing across the country at this moment of alarming increases in employers violating child labor laws: voters want lawmakers to uphold strong standards ensuring teens can gain important work experience while staying safe, healthy, and completing high school,” said Jennifer Sherer, director, State Worker Power Initiative at the Economic Policy Institute.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, surveyed 625 registered Florida voters by landline and cell phone from Dec. 16-20, 2023. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than ± 3.5 percentage points.

FPI is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

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