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Poll: Florida voters strongly favor some gun control



Nine in 10 Florida voters say it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” to make it harder for criminals to get guns, according to polling released Thursday by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group fronted by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly.

Conducted by the Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling, the survey shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by three percentage points, 46-43.

In the Senate race, Marco Rubio leads Patrick Murphy 42-40, within the margin of error.

From a polling memo:

-- Almost three in four Florida voters (73%) would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports requiring a criminal background check to buy a firearm.

-- Even candidates with a broader message of strengthening gun laws are embraced by a majority of Florida voters (58%) would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports comprehensive gun reform.

-- Florida voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the gun proposals introduced in Congress this year. 85% of voters support prohibiting individuals on the FBI Terror Watch List from buying guns, and 83% support requiring background checks on all gun sales, including those sold online or at gun shows.

PPP surveyed 938 registered Florida voters from August 5-7, 2016. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.2%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:48am]


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