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Floridians support tighter gun control, wall on U.S.-Mexico border

The numbers come from a Florida Atlantic University poll.

A majority of Floridians support tightening the state’s gun control laws ahead of the anniversary of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

That’s according to a new poll from the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI).

Of those surveyed, 65 percent say that Florida’s gun control laws should be made stricter, 12 percent say they should be less strict and 23 percent say gun control laws should be left as they are.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which was passed last year, tightened some of those laws. The measure banned bump stocks, raised the purchasing age for guns from 18 to 21, and established a three-day waiting period for all gun buys.

The act also required schools to have at least one safety officer present on campus. That could be in the form of a current law enforcement officer or a member of the law’s newly created “Guardian program.”

Recently, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission has suggested expanding that program to allow teachers to be trained and armed if they so choose. FAU’s survey found 51 percent of Floridians oppose that idea, while 37 percent support it and 12 percent are undecided.

On the issue of school safety overall, a plurality of Floridians remains unsure that the issue has been adequately addressed. Just 14 percent say they are not at all concerned about students’ safety, while 45 percent are “extremely concerned” and an additional 41 percent are “somewhat concerned.”

On the debate over the border wall, 55 percent of Florida voters support “construction of an additional border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.” Just 37 percent oppose that proposal, while 9 percent are undecided.

The recent battle over the border wall led to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. According to FAU’s numbers, 51 percent said border wall funding should be offered in a deal to avert another shutdown, while 36 percent opposed offering that funding and 13 percent are undecided.

Florida voters disapprove of how the shutdown was handled overall, giving President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi negative approval ratings. But other polling data seems to support Trump’s call for a wall.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to

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