A new poll shows Florida residents favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms on public school campuses, according to this story from bradenton.com.
The story says the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey found 35 percent of those surveyed “strongly favor” allowing school employees to carry. Another 21 percent are “in favor” of the idea and 29 percent “strongly oppose” with 11 percent marking “oppose.” Currently it is illegal for concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms on public school property.
“Stronger supporters are male, working-age residents, whites, those living in affluent households, college graduates, and residents of the Orlando and North Florida areas.”
The report went on to say the greatest opposition came from women, older Floridians, African-Americans, lower-income households, those with less formal education attainment, and residents of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.
The story says the results of the survey were released Tuesday at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences. Other questions covered education, transportation, health, and recreation.
The story says Florida Rep. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), who is currently running for a seat in the state senate, and other lawmakers have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation allowing school staff members to carry, with the most recent effort made during this year’s session.
The results of the survey are based on 1,248 phone interviews conducted from September 1-19, 2016 with a random sampling of adults 18 and over.