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