• UNF releases poll on assault weapons and campus carry

    By: Nora Clark , Action News Jax

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    The University of North Florida's Public Opinion Research Laboratory has released findings from a new poll of registered voters in Duval County related to the sale of assault weapons and campus carry laws. 

    The findings released Tuesday morning show that 52% oppose prohibiting the sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, where as only 42% in support of the prohibition.

    Along party lies, 55% of republicans oppose such a ban, compared to 47% of democrats.

    “Even in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings, Floridians are not supportive of restricting access to assault weapons,” said Dr. Michael Binder, UNF Public Opinion Research Laboratory faculty director. “With all of the political polarization in America about guns, I’m actually a little surprised that more Democrats are not supportive of more restrictions.”

    UNF also asked about allowing licensed individuals to openly carry, 54% oppose the proposal and 40% are in support of the proposal. 

    Along party lines 69% of democrats oppose the proposal while 57% of republicans support the measure. 

    When it comes to concealed carry of handguns on college campuses, 59% of voters are opposed with 37% in support, but along party lines 78% of democrats opposes campus carry and 54% of republicans support the measure. 

    “Even though registered voters are opposed to open carry and campus carry here in Florida, Republicans remain supportive of these issues, which could influence policy in Tallahassee during the upcoming legislative session,” Binder said.

    Prohibiting the sale of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.

    Here's a breakdown of the poll information from UNF's poll: 

    Answer Options

     

    Fall 2017 Florida

    Registered Voters n=611

    Spring 2017 Florida Registered Voters n=965

    Strongly Support

    33%

    34%

    Somewhat Support

    9%

    12%

    Somewhat Oppose

    13%

    14%

    Strongly Oppose

    39%

    36%

    Don’t Know

    3%

    4%

    Refusal

    2%

    -

     

    Answer Options

     

    Democrats

    Republicans

    NPA/Others

    Strongly Support

    42%

    27%

    29%

    Somewhat Support

    7%

    11%

    9%

    Somewhat Oppose

    9%

    15%

    18%

    Strongly Oppose

    38%

    40%

    39%

    Don’t Know

    2%

    5%

    3%

    Refusal

    3%

    2%

    2%

     

    Allowing licensed individuals to OPENLY carry a handgun in Florida except in police stations, prisons, courthouses, schools, athletic events, and establishments that dispense alcohol.

    Answer Options

     

    Fall 2017 Florida

    Registered Voters n=611

    Spring 2017 Florida Registered Voters n=970

    Strongly Support

    21%

    23%

    Somewhat Support

    19%

    21%

    Somewhat Oppose

    15%

    14%

    Strongly Oppose

    39%

    39%

    Don’t Know

    3%

    2%

    Refusal

    3%

    -

     

    Answer Options

     

    Democrats

    Republicans

    NPA/Others

    Strongly Support

    10%

    33%

    22%

    Somewhat Support

    15%

    24%

    19%

    Somewhat Oppose

    17%

    13%

    15%

    Strongly Oppose

    52%

    26%

    41%

    Don’t Know

    4%

    2%

    2%

    Refusal

    3%

    3%

    1%

     

     

    Allowing licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns into a college or university facility.

    Answer Options

     

    Fall 2017 Florida Registered Voters n=611

    Spring 2017 Florida Registered Voters n=969

    Strongly Support

    21%

    20%

    Somewhat Support

    16%

    15%

    Somewhat Oppose

    13%

    14%

    Strongly Oppose

    46%

    48%

    Don’t Know

    2%

    3%

    Refusal

    3%

    -

     

    Answer Options

     

    Democrats

    Republicans

    NPA/Others

    Strongly Support

    5%

    37%

    23%

    Somewhat Support

    12%

    17%

    19%

    Somewhat Oppose

    11%

    16%

    11%

    Strongly Oppose

    67%

    28%

    41%

    Don’t Know

    2%

    1%

    2%

    Refusal

    4%

    2%

    4%

     

    Survey Demographics

    Party Registration

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    Republican

    35%

    Democrat

    38%

    NPA and other

    27%

     

    Age

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    18 to 24

    9%

    25 to 34

    15%

    35 to 44

    14%

    45 to 55

    16%

    56 to 64

    18%

    65 and older

    28%

     

    Education

     

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    Less than high school

    2%

    High school graduate

    18%

    Some college

    48%

    College graduate

    19%

    Post graduate degree

    13%

    Don’t Know

    -

    Refusal

    -

     

    Race

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    White (not Hispanic)

    64%

    Black (not Hispanic)

    13%

    Hispanic

    16%

    Other

    7%

     

    Sex*

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    Male

    45%

    Female

    53%

    *2% of respondents did not have their sex listed in the voter file

     

    Telephone

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    Landline

    27%

    Cell phone

    72%

    Don’t Know

    -

    Refusal

    1%

     

    Survey language completed in…

    Florida Registered Voters n=611

    English

    95%

    Spanish

    5%

     

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