A telephone poll of 1,468 voters, conducted July 28 – 31, 2013 by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, on hot-button political issues like immigration, abortion, the economy, and Stand Your Ground law, indicated the majority of those voters who supported Stand Your Ground laws 53-40% at the time fit a composite profile of white, male, and Republican.
The numbers reflected the partisan & racial divides paradigmatic to America. President Barack Obama’s approval rating at the time showed the same divisions as Stand Your Ground law.
“‘Stand Your Ground’ splits the country sharply along political, gender and racial lines,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
According to the survey, white voters supported “Stand Your Ground” laws 57-37%, while black voters were opposed 57 to 37%. Men supported Stand Your Ground laws 62-34%, while women were divided – 44% in favor to 47% opposed.
Support was 75-19% among Republicans and 57-37% among independent voters, with Democrats opposed 62-32%. Voters in households with guns supported stand your ground laws 67-29%.
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