UNF releases poll on assault weapons and campus carry

by: Nora Clark, Action News Jax Updated:

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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