Poll: Strong majority of Florida voters support “Stand Your Ground” law

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A majority of registered voters, 56 – 35 percent, support the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that has come under recent scrutiny, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The Trayvon Martin shooting has brought the issue of gun control and the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law into the public eye.

Support is 78 – 15 percent among Republicans and   58 – 35 percent among independent voters while Democrats are opposed 59 – 32 percent.  Men support “Stand Your Ground” 65 – 31 percent while women support it 48 – 39 percent.  Support is 61 – 31 percent among white voters and 53 – 36 percent among Hispanic voters while black voters are opposed 56 – 30 percent.

By 51 – 45 percent, voters oppose stricter gun control laws in the state with a huge partisan split and gender gap.  Democrats favor stricter gun control 73 – 23 percent, while Republicans oppose the idea 74 – 22 percent. Independent voters oppose stricter gun control 51 – 42 percent.  Women want stronger gun control 54 – 41 percent, while men are opposed  62 – 34 percent.

“Despite the controversy, public opinion seems to be solidly behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ and slightly against stricter gun control,” said Brown.

On one area there was support for more gun control.  By 83 – 14 percent, voters don’t think even people with concealed weapons permits should be allowed to bring a gun into the State Capitol.

By a narrow 49 – 46 percent margin, Florida voters disagree with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who wants guns banned from downtown Tampa during the Republican convention.

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