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Florida voters like Hillary in 2016, divided between Obama and NRA on gun views

by George Bennett | March 21st, 2013

Florida voters favor Democrat Hillary Clinton as a 2016 presidential candidate over Sunshine State Republicans Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

By a 51-to-44 percent margin, Floridians say they support “stricter gun control laws,” with 91 percent favoring background checks for all gun buyers, 56 percent favoring an ban on “assault weapons” and 53 percent favoring a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

When asked “Who do you think better reflects your views on guns, President Obama or the National Rifle Association?” 45 percent chose the NRA and 44 percent chose Obama — a virtual tie considering the poll’s 3.1 percent margin of error.

By a 57-to-33 percent margin, Florida voters said gun ownership “does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime” rather than “put people’s safety at risk.” By a 60-to-31 percent margin, respondents said allowing the ownership of assault weapons makes the country more dangerous.

The poll of 1,000 Florida voters was taken March 13-18. In the sample, 35 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 27 percent as Republicans. Democrats hold a 40-to-35 percent registration advantage statewide.

In hypothetical 2016 presidential match-ups, Clinton tops former Gov. Bush by a 51-40 margin and beats Sen. Rubio by a 52-41 margin.

Clinton’s favorable/unfavorable percentages are 62/33 while Bush’s are 50/35 and Rubio’s are 41/34.

The 51-to-44 percent support for stricter gun control laws in the new survey compares to 51-to-45 percent opposition when Florida voters were asked the same question in a May 2012 Quinnipiac poll.

19 Responses to “Florida voters like Hillary in 2016, divided between Obama and NRA on gun views”

  1. ScienceGiant Says:

    Good God Almighty, George! What does it matter WHO is in office if they can’t get anything done? In the first hundred days of the 2nd term, what has been accomplished on: gun control? immigration? ending the sequester?

  2. Fritzi Katz Says:

    It continues to amaze me that you have total gun nuts like this “Obi” idiot commenting daily on PBPost news articles about gun violence and proposed legislation by not just opposing expanded background checks but virulently attacking and insulting anyone who intelligently disagrees with them when 91% of Americans (including RESPONSIBLE gun owners like myself) support such checks for all purchases.
    And on the gun safety vs risk issue, someone is tracking incidents in our area and found home-kept guns kill 25 times more innocent residents than criminals… usually from domestic violence but sometimes tragic accidents often involving kids so that 57/33 “guns are safe” opinion is not fact-based (or only based on biased NRA “data”).

  3. HankS Says:

    Biased sample=biased results. Duh

  4. OBI-ONE Says:

    I am amazed they allow UnAmerican socialist propagandists on here like you Fritzi!
    I doubt you ever owned a gun as you seem clueless when it comes to the subject. And a responsible gun owner would be informed.
    And anyone with a third grade education would know that pathetic “Tally” that clown is doing is meaningless. It proves nothing and is a waste of time.
    I have provided a preponderance of credible evidence from REAL sources above reproach. Guns are used in self defense 200 times more often than to kill!
    And anytime you want to have the conversation I will prove my position beyond your ability to refute and will be glad to explain to you where it is you are confused.
    Now, you sought to attack and insult me first so I don’t want to hear any whining. I treat people according to their conduct. Act respectable and I will treat you as such.

  5. LayingLow Says:

    Just remember that Hillary was the frontrunner in 2007 and 2008 until Obama came along and dethroned her. While I believe she would have made a great President at that time, I think her age by 2016 will see her swept aside by a younger candidate.

  6. gethefax Says:

    Keep your Quinnipiac Blue State Ritzy Spoiled Brat Opinions up there…this is why the culture has changed here. All those winers/cry babies come south to do the same thing…cry like babies until they get their bottle.

  7. rebar Says:

    Obi-one is right. He’s provided a preposterous amount of “evidence”. Take for example Gary Kleck’s National Self-Defense Survey, quoted ad-nauseum. After calling less than 5,000 people and asking them about their gun use, he went on to extrapolate that in 1993 there were approximately 2.5 million incidents in which victims used guns for self-protection.

    That’s not a scientific survey. It’s a biased survey dependent on people telling the truth and then exaggerating it to a national level.

  8. Tom Says:

    Hillary will be our first woman president in 2016, an she will serve two terms. Age is not an issue. Reagan was nearly 80 when he finished his second term.

  9. npgator Says:

    With disasterous job Obama is doing currently and not to mention Obamacare will be in high gear by then I don’t think Hank Clinton will win. If the meda would do their job people would realize what a horrible job she did as Sect of State. The people who voted for Obama are going to realize what they signed up for when they go broke paying for their insurance.

  10. history Says:

    Have to agree with LayingLow.

  11. Alfred Doolittle Says:

    I have never yet once been asked who I would vote for in any election. All of these polls, and you would think that at sometime,someone would ask me my opinion. I have a hard time believing any poll. Especially three years out.

  12. SteveinWPB Says:

    Crist in 2014!
    Hillary in 2016!
    Vote all Republicons out and then we will see real progress.

  13. TrafficAvenger Says:

    “VOTERS” very rarely vote for someone so much as they vote against others.

    That is what happened in 2012 and will probably be what happens in 2014. As long as the leaders of the G.O.P. continue down the path of “do as I say and do it now, we know what is best for you” the G.O.P. should expect the voters to vote against them.

    The Ideologies of the leaders of the G.O.P. to make President Obama a one term President, continuing to limit women’s health care access to abortion and doing against the terms of the female is almost suicidal.
    Making it harder for people to have access to voting booths is beyond ignorant.
    Refusing to debate the expanded use of medical cannabis on faith based reasoning and not on science with over 70 percent of the voters saying just be done with is asinine.

    If the members of the G.O.P. can not come up with some sort of real “rebranding” or “real image change” then they should expect to get their little bottom spanked in 2014 and 2016.
    Enjoy the day.

  14. Fritzi Katz Says:

    Mr Obi-one,
    Let me first say to you, sir, that your screen name offends all Star Wars fans who believe in civility and reason which you are the polar opposite of. Although this is about my first venture into posting, I do read both the print edition and follow-up on line for comments. I have never, not ONCE seen you respond to someone posting a position different from your often-noted anti-female, pro-religious-extremism, pro-unrestricted-gun-ownership credo without throwing insults…. usually a long string of vile nonsense that among intelligent readers only serves to totally discredit you.
    You must be on your best behavior over here and yet you still can’t stop. A businesswoman and mother of two veterans (son and daughter) and husband of another, I am certainly NOT “unamerican” or “socialist.” I am a Phi Theta Kappa inductee, well beyond “third grade” educated.
    And to say that you will insult anyone YOU do not consider “conducts themselves appropriately/respectable” just confirms your macho arrogance and ignorance.
    I have seen this “tally” you reference accumulate and hope it continues indefinitely. It is based on indisputable cases we all see without you being able to actually challenge, just mock, it. I find it instructive and revealing even if within just our own area if not nationally. Far from “meaningless”, I’m sure it has caused parents of young children to more effectively secure their stored weapons and (I pray) wives of already physically abusive gun-owning husbands to leave before they are murdered. You of course belittle that.
    I am very encouraged to see there are still individuals like rebar, freep,and others patient enough to at least occasionally face your tirades and counter you with actual facts not NRA marketing and even do it with a touch of wit. You DO pump out a “preposterous” amount of invalid evidence rather than ever establish a preponderance of evidence of anything other than your own hidebound, archaic and angry “character”.
    I will now go even farther than GoFacts and say your behavior proves psychological testing for irrational, violent traits MUST be part of future registration and background check legislation once the last NRA-puppet legislator of both parties is voted out.

  15. Fritzi Katz Says:

    oops… “wife of another” . I’m the only non-veteran in the house….and emotionally very proud of all o them.

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  18. Polo Says:

    Problem in matter of gun control is responsobility of people. People should be More responsible for their lives!

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