Poll: Majority of Florida voters oppose arming teachers
A majority of voters in Florida oppose President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers following this month’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, according to a new survey.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday find 56 percent of Florida voters are against arming teachers and school officials, compared to 40 percent who support the idea.
A majority of voters in Florida also support stricter gun laws in the state, 65 percent to 29 percent.
Voters are largely in favor requiring background checks for all gun buyers, as well as implementing a mandatory waiting period on all gun purchases.
The poll was conducted from Feb. 23-26 among 1,156 Florida voters. Its margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.
The survey comes as the topic of gun control has seized the nation’s attention following the deadly Florida school shooting on Feb. 14. The shooting sparked a wave of activism from survivors and other students, who are demanding that lawmakers take action and pass new gun laws.
Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers as a way to prevent school shootings, a controversial proposal that has been met with backlash from both sides of the aisle. He has also backed the idea of raising the age limit for some firearm purchases to 21, which is opposed by the National Rifle Association and many conservatives.
Another poll conducted by Florida Atlantic University similarly found that a majority of Floridians oppose the proposal to arm teachers, 56 percent to 31 percent.
That poll also found that 70 percent of Floridians are in support of stricter gun laws, including a 55-percent majority of Republicans, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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