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Florida Voters Want Confederate Statues to Stay, Support Concealed Carry

August 29, 2017 - 9:45am
Robert E. Lee Memorial in Fort Myers
Robert E. Lee Memorial in Fort Myers

A new poll shows Florida voters support keeping statues honoring the leaders of the Confederacy, continue to support concealed carry and have concerns with former President Barack Obama’s health-care law. 

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) released a new poll looking at where voters in the Sunshine Stand stand on some of the leading issues in the news on Tuesday. 

Almost half of those surveyed--49 percent--think statues and memorials honoring the Confederacy should remain standing in public places while 30 percent say they should be removed. More than a fifth of those surveyed--21 percent--are undecided. 

Despite that, Florida voters were far more divided on President Donald Trump’s take on saying “there is blame on both sides" for the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month as protesters took to the streets and clashed over removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The poll shows 44 percent disagree with Trump’s assessment, 42 percent agree with him and 14 percent are undecided. 

Turning to Second Amendment issues, a plurality of those surveyed--43 percent--say Floridians should be allowed to carry concealed handguns in public places as long as they have a license while 15 percent prefer open carry and 7 percent back the idea of carrying handguns in public places without licenses. A third of those surveyed--34 percent--think Floridians should never be able to carry handguns in public places. 

With Republicans in Washington, D.C. failing to overturn Obama’s health-care law, Florida voters are divided on what to do with the Affordable Care Act. The poll finds 37 percent want to repeal the law while 30 percent want to keep it in its current form. A third of those surveyed--33 percent--want to see parts of the law repealed but do want to repeal it completely. 

The poll of 800 registered voters in Florida was taken from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. 

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