The Florida Forced Busing Straw Poll was an advisory question on the March 14, 1972 ballot in Florida, where it was approved.
This measure stated that Floridians favored a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to prohibit forced busing. Such busing was used to help achieve racial balance in schools.
| Florida Straw Poll 1 (March 1972)|
| Yes|| 1,103,856|| 74.06%|
Unofficial election results via: Ocala Star-Banner (March 15, 1972)
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|| Do you favor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit forced busing and guarantee the right of each student to attend the appropriate public school nearest his home?
Path to the ballot
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
- The bill was sponsored State Senator Richard Deeb (R-St.Petersburg)
- The bill caused confusion among Democratic presidential candidates on what position they should take
- Sen. Deeb admitted he received encouragement and advice from Harry Dent (Sr.), a Nixon Political Strategist, about putting the measure on the ballot
- The 2nd Straw Poll measure regarding equal opportunity education, was put on the ballot by Florida Governor Reubin Askew to counterbalance the forced busing question.