Poll: Florida voters support stronger gun laws, Hillary '16
The poll, released Thursday, found that 91 percent of
“The idea of requiring background checks on those who want to buy guns has overwhelming support, 91 - 8 percent, in a country where getting a majority to agree on anything is often difficult,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Floridians also support Hillary Clinton more than their homegrown political stars, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. In a head-to-head matchup,
By a 51-44 percent margin,
Those who own guns have very different opinions about gun control, with 61 percent opposed to stricter gun laws and 57 percent opposing an assault weapons ban. Still, gun owners support universal background checks by an 88-11 percent margin. The Florida Legislature has mostly avoided the gun debate this year, as several gun control bills have languished after being filed.
Below are a few more results from the poll:
-- 56 - 41 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, with gun- owners opposed 57 - 41 percent;
-- 53 - 43 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with gun-owners opposed 56 - 40 percent;
-- 59 - 36 percent support placing armed police officers in schools;
-- 57 - 33 percent that gun ownership in
-- 60 - 31 percent say allowing people to own assault weapons makes the country more dangerous rather than safer, with gun owners divided 44 - 44 percent;
-- President Barack Obama better reflects their views on guns, 44 percent of
President Obama’s approval rating is at 50 percent among
The poll sampled 1,000 registered voters in