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National poll shows voters support 'stand your ground' laws



Q poll news release:

With large racial and gender divisions, American voters back so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws 53 – 40 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

White voters support “Stand Your Ground” laws 57 – 37 percent while black voters are opposed 57 – 37 percent. Men support these laws 62 – 34 percent while women are divided with  44 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed. Support is 75 – 19 percent among Republicans and 57 – 37 percent among independent voters, with Democrats opposed 62 – 32 percent.

Voters in households where someone owns a gun back the laws 67 – 29 percent.

“’Stand Your Ground’ splits the country sharply along political, gender and racial lines,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“With these kinds of numbers, it’s unlikely the movement to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ will be successful in most of the country.”

American voters are united in their 64 – 31 percent support of the immigration reform act recently passed in the U.S. Senate.  Support is strong among every partisan, gender, racial, religious, income and age group.

“The public supports the immigration bill 2-1 and shows unusual agreement given the divisions in the country on many other issues,” said Brown.  “It seems the only group divided on this issue is Congress.”

On another matter, the Republican-led effort in Congress and in many state capitols to reduce from 24 weeks to 20 weeks the time period during a pregnancy in which almost all abortions should be legal is striking a chord with voters.  A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit.

From July 28 – 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,468 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 8:52am]


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