Florida Poll Looks at Energy Exploration, Climate Change, Gun Control

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday looking at issues across the state.

Asked about energy exploration, most Florida voters–64 percent–are against offshore drilling in Florida while 29 percent back it.  “Republicans support offshore drilling 54 – 38 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support drilling,” Qunnipiac noted.

The poll also looked at what Floridians think about climate change.

“A total of 72 percent of Florida voters are ‘very concerned’ or ‘somewhat concerned’ about climate change and 66 percent are ‘very concerned’ or ‘somewhat concerned’ that they or a member of their family ‘will be personally affected by climate change.’ Climate change is going to have a ‘significant negative effect on Florida’ in their lifetime, 45 percent of voters say, as 48 percent say it will not,” Quinnipac observed.

Turning to immigration, most Florida voters– 61 percent– back Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ proposal to require local law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities while 27 percent are against it.

“Support is 68 – 21 percent among white voters, 51 – 39 percent among black voters and 48 – 39 percent among Hispanic voters. Democrats are opposed 50 – 37 percent, the only listed group in opposition,” Quinnipiac pointed out. “Voters support 57 – 35 percent a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are provided too much protection in Florida, 34 percent of voters say, as 25 percent say they are not provided enough protection and 26 percent say undocumented immigrants get the right amount of protection.”

The poll then turned to gun control and school safety.

“With a wide gender gap, Florida voters oppose 57 – 40 percent allowing trained teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds. Women oppose arming teachers 63 – 33 percent. Men are divided as 47 percent support the idea, with 50 percent opposed,” Quinnipiac noted.”Stricter gun laws would do more to reduce gun violence in schools, 58 percent of voters say, as 32 percent say armed teachers would do more to reduce gun violence in schools. Florida voters support stricter gun laws 59 – 37 percent. If more people carried guns, Florida would be less safe, 55 percent of voters say, while 35 percent of voters say the state would be safer.”

The poll of 1,058 Florida voters was taken from March 6 through March 11 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.


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