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Quinnipiac: Floridians Back 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:27 PM

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The Trayvon Martin shooting has brought the issue of gun control and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law into the public eye.

"Despite the controversy, public opinion seems to be solidly behind 'Stand Your Ground' and slightly against stricter gun control," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, voters oppose stricter gun control laws in the state by 51 to 45 percent, with a huge partisan split and gender gap.

Democrats favor stricter gun control 73 to 23 percent, while Republicans oppose the idea 74 to 22 percent. Independent voters oppose stricter gun control 51 to 42 percent. Women want stronger gun control 54 to 41 percent, while men are opposed 62 to 34 percent.

On one area there was support for more gun control. By 83 to 14 percent, voters don't think even people with concealed weapons permits should be allowed to bring a gun into the State Capitol.

By a narrow 49 to 46 percent margin, Florida voters disagree with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who wants guns banned from downtown Tampa during the Republican convention.

From May 15 to 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,722 registered voters with a margin of error of pluse or minus 2.4 percentage points.


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