Three out of four Floridians say they support legislation that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a new UF poll shows.

Released Thursday, the poll, conducted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research, showed 73 percent of respondents support the Competitive Workforce Act.

The state legislation updating the Civil Rights Act of 1992 has not received a hearing or reading since it was first introduced March 5 by its respective sponsors, Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, and Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington.

The legislation has been filed every year since 2007 in its current form but has never received a hearing.

“This isn’t really surprising,” said Emma Humphries, assistant in citizenship at the Graham Center, noting the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a law requiring background checks on weapons purchases despite overwhelming public support.

The same often holds true for the Florida Legislature, she said.

“You will see strong residential support for a measure the Legislature has no interest in considering, much less passing,” Humphries said.

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