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SAINT LEO, FL – The most recent Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) survey including questions on gun ownership and related sentiments found that more than 60 percent of individuals—nationally and in Florida—do not own any firearms.

This replicates the findings of the 2015 survey, completed around the same time of year. Saint Leo included questions on guns and public policy in a parallel survey conducted online nationally and in Florida from September 10 to September 16. The national survey attracted 1,103 responses, so the findings have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The Florida survey attracted 502 responses and so has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The survey asked individuals what firearms, if any, they own, and allowed for multiple responses. Handguns were most frequently cited among those who own firearms.

Firearms owned         and type
2015 National
2016 National
2015 Florida  
2016 Florida 

None
66.7%
64.5%
69.0%
67.0%

Handgun(s)
23.4%
25.2%
23.5%
25.2%

Rifle(s)
17.7%
18.3%
13.3%
13.2%

Shotgun(s)
15.9%
16.6%
12.7%
12.6%

Assault weapon(s)
5.6%
4.0%
2.9%
4.4%

Unsure
1.6%
2.1%
1.7%
3.8%

 

There is not enough movement from year-to-year in any of the results to be statistically significant. Similarly, there was little change in people’s beliefs on gun control. People were asked which of three statements is closest to their own belief. The results are shown in descending order.

 

Position on gun controls –

Indicate which statement

best reflects your position 
2015 National             
2016 National 
2015 Florida  
2016 Florida 

There should be some limited licensing, permitting or some restrictions on certain arms such as assault weapons
73.2%
74.9%
72.4%
76.2%

There should be no regulations or controls on any firearms
12.8%
12.6%
9.8%
9.6%

Firearms should not be owned privately
8.5%
8.1%
12.5%
7.8%

Unsure
5.5%
4.4%
5.2%
6.4%

 

Responses were more splintered when people were asked about their “own personal position toward gun ownership and gun regulation” given “the number of mass shootings nationwide.” No one […]