April 28, 2022
Contact: Nicolas Tomboulides, U.S. Term Limits
NEW POLL: 82% of Brevard Voters Back 8-Year Term Limits, Oppose Fisher Proposal
Melbourne, FL – Melbourne-based U.S. Term Limits released results of a new countywide opinion poll showing that 82% of Brevard County voters support keeping the current 8-year term limits for county commissioners, while opposing attempts to lengthen the limits to 12 years.
Additionally, the survey showed that Brevard voters believe by a 2 to 1 margin that attempts to lengthen term limits are self-serving, tending to benefit local politicians over county residents. A majority also reported they would be less likely to support any county commissioner who votes to lengthen his or her own term limits.
The poll, which was conducted by Remington Research Group between April 21 and April 23, surveyed 1,007 likely general election voters across Brevard – encompassing all five county commission districts. It comes on the heels of a proposal from Charter Review Commissioner Robin Fisher which would lengthen term limits from 8 years to 12.
“This poll clearly demonstrates what most people already knew: there is no appetite whatsoever among Brevard citizens to demolish 8-year term limits and give politicians more power,” said Nick Tomboulides, a Brevard resident who serves as Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. “Robin Fisher should respect the people’s wishes and withdraw this half-baked proposal.”
The survey also showed that support for 8-year term limits among Brevard residents is both overwhelming and bipartisan. The current 8-year limits have backing from 80% of Republicans, 85% of Democrats and 82% of voters without party affiliation.
Brevard County’s 8-year term limits for county commissioners were added to the county charter via referendum in 2000, receiving over 77% of the vote. The limits are identical to the 8-year term limit already imposed on Florida’s governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, CFO, state house and state senate.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also agrees with Brevard voters, stating previously that “No elected office, whether federal or local, is ever better off when run by career politicians.” DeSantis recently reiterated this view, saying the correct term limit for local officials in Florida is 8 years rather than 12.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.
Remington Research Group: Long recognized as one of the world’s leading public opinion pollsters, Remington Research Group is committed to enhancing the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion.
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