Poll: 5 out of 6 Florida voters support stricter gun laws

Floridians were more likely than Californians to support new gun control laws.

Most voters nationwide support stricter gun laws, and Florida is no exception.

According to a new poll from Team Friday and ThinkNow, five out of six registered voters in the Sunshine State say they would support tougher gun laws.

At 83%, Florida voters’ support for gun control measures outstrips that of more liberal states such as California and New York, both of which registered at 78% in the poll.

The only high-population state where voters were more amenable to new gun restrictions is Texas, a traditionally red state where, according to CBS News, 45.7% of adults either own a gun or live with someone who does.

Of all gun control measures floated in the poll, universal background checks were the most popular. They are supported by 64% of Democrats, 65% of Republicans and 83% of independent voters.

Bipartisan majorities also said they favor red flag laws, raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, and requiring licensure to carry a concealed firearm.

Fewer than half of voters said they believed that owning a gun would make them safer. At 47%, non-Hispanic White voters were more likely than any other group to say so, with other blocs significantly less amenable to the safety argument — just 39% of Hispanic voters said they’d feel more safe owning a gun than not.

On the whole, millennials were more likely to say gun ownership makes a positive impact on personal safety, with 54% of White millennials and the same number of Black millennials agreeing with that statement. They were joined by 36% of Hispanic millennials and 35% of Asian millennials.

But that belief coexists with a general support for tougher gun laws, which are desired by 62% of millennial women and 64% of millennial men.

At 52%, non-Hispanic White millennials were the least supportive, but they were buoyed by more than 70% of their Hispanic, Asian and Black peers.

A potential cause for concern — referred to by the pollster as “optimism creep” — is that nearly two-thirds of millennials said they would attempt to stop an active shooter. Overall, 75% of adult male gun owners, regardless of age, said they would try to stop an active shooter if they had a gun.

The overwhelming position that participants would engage with an active shooter suggests that optimism creep is a real issue,” the polling memo said. “Working with media figures representing superheroes can help demonstrate the fallacy that ‘heroism’ exists as the exception, not the norm.”

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  • Irony

    November 2, 2022 at 5:30 am

    This is more B.S. as usual.

    • Linwood Wright

      November 2, 2022 at 10:20 am

      Nah. Most sane people know guns are dangerous and shouldn’t be that easy to get.

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      • Rich7553

        November 4, 2022 at 10:20 am

        Rights are dangerous.

  • Joey

    November 2, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Then they go and vote Republican lol.

  • PeterH

    November 2, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Republicans complain about violence yet Republicans are the criminals who continue to vote against gun regulations and restrictions.



    • Rich7553

      November 4, 2022 at 10:22 am

      Funny how the overwhelming majority of gun crime is committed in DEMOCRAT cities by DEMOCRATS.

  • Whodathunkit

    November 2, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Peter, where is the survey data? Honest, fact driven, journalists not only site the poll but give access to the information. We’re not just gonna take YOUR word. I followed the links in your piece but only got to the provider’s website but no poll. What gives? From a brief perusal of that web site, I have a suspicion that maybe you/they are hiding something. Just a thought.

    • Mr. Haney

      November 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

      You did not look very hard. Top right corner; click Research

  • Paul Passarelli

    November 2, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    I know this story is a lie. You know this story is a lie. Everyone with more than two brain cells knows this story is a lie.

    Why do you bother? Could be be that Democrats have less than two brain cells? That’s why they’re called Useful Idiots.

    Let’s see if my George Soros funded stalkers followup with their Fake Aliases…

    • Mr. Haney

      November 2, 2022 at 1:48 pm

      Keep trying moron.

    • marylou

      November 2, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      Gallup had similar results in June 2022. Paul.

  • Gene Ralno

    November 3, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Typical socialist insanity. Disarm the victims while howling about criminals.

  • Wendy

    November 3, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    And yet we will probably have open carry by the end of the year because these same people will vote against their interests.

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 4, 2022 at 9:15 am

      And what’s wrong with open carry? Seriously.
      I’m leaving this as an open question for all the gun grabbers.

  • Rich7553

    November 4, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Constitutional rights are not subject to popular opinion. If they were, Birmingham schools would still be segregated

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