More Florida voters back gay marriage than oppose

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Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

A survey by Public Policy Polling shows support for marriage equality from a plurality of Florida voters.

The poll found 47 percent of voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State and 44 percent oppose gay marriage.

PPP said there's been a 14 point shift from October 2011, when 48 percent of voters opposed same-sex marriage and just 37 percent supported it.

Among voters 45 and younger, 58 percent support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Earlier this week, six same-sex couples and the statewide LGBT civil rights group Equality Florida sued for the freedom to marry with the legal support of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a law firm.

The PPP survey in Florida also found voters feel more favorably toward Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson than Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, the survey found, suffers in the favorability test and holds only a narrow lead over potential Democratic challengers George Sheldon and Perry Thurston.

Meanwhile, Democrat Charlie Scott has just a 2-point edge over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in what could be the lineup for the November general election.

Crist holds the advantage in a Democratic primary with Nan Rich.

PPP also asked voters about a ballot measure that would make medical marijuana available in the state and found 65 percent support the proposal.

About 73 percent of Florida voters also said guns should not be permitted in movie theaters. A retired police officer was arrested last week and is accused of wounding a woman and fatally shooting her husband, who was texting in a Tampa Bay theater.