(CNN) – A survey finds one in four Florida Democrats may not support their party’s nominee if the state’s delegation is not seated at the nominating convention in Denver this summer, and three in four say it is “very important” that the state’s delegates count towards the nomination.
Earlier this week, the state party announced that it would not hold a second primary. The first was not recognized by the Democratic National Committee because of penalties over the early date of the vote.
The major presidential candidates all agreed not to campaign in the state in advance of the January 29 contest. More than 1.75 million voters – a state record – weighed in, but no delegates were awarded.
Hillary Clinton won that primary, and twice as many of her supporters (56 percent) as Obama supporters (27 percent) want those results to stand in the new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.
But more Obama supporters would like to see the January results count than hold a new primary, or divide the state’s delegates between the two remaining Democratic candidates. A mail-in primary – another alternative option that had been weighed by the state party – was even less popular; fewer than one in 10 voters overall approve of that option.
Obama would make a much stronger showing in any re-vote than he did in the original contest; he now trails Clinton among the state’s Democrats by fewer than 10 points, 46 to 37 percent.
Florida’s voters feel there’s plenty of blame to go around for the primary debacle: one-quarter blame DNC chairman Howard Dean, and slightly more blame GOP leaders in the state legislature, who set the early primary date. One-fifth blame the state Democratic Party.
The survey included telephone interviews with 600 registered Democrats and frequent Florida voters, and was conducted March 15-17. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand