New Poll Shows Most Americans Support Increasing School Safety Measures, Including Arming Teachers

Following a mass shooting that left 21 people dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas the debate over control gun has taken center stage.

As Democrats push for more gun control, many Republicans counter by focusing on school safety.

A new Economist/YouGov poll asked if they favor of oppose “giving schoolteachers and school administrators the option of being armed at school.”

A majority of those surveyed–51 percent–said yes while 37 percent oppose the ideas.

There is a partisan divide on the issue with 73 Republicans backing the idea and 58 percent of Democrats opposing it. Voters outside the major parties lean in its favor with 54 percent of them backing the idea.

Democrats are more open to having armed security guards at schools with 48 percent of them in favor of the idea and 40 percent opposed. Among all voters, 62 percent support the idea of armed security guards at schools while 27 percent oppose the idea.

The poll of 1,500 Americans was taken from May 28-May 31 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.

After the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, there were more calls for armed security guards, increased politics presence and arming trained teachers.

In 2018 after the Parkland, Florida school shooting, then Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature supported more school safety measures that allows teachers and trained school workers to arm themselves.

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