Jul 13, 2022 - Politics

Poll: Floridians want abortion protection and gun control

Share of Floridians who say they want to see Florida take a particular action regarding abortion
Data: University of South Florida poll; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

A majority of Floridians disapprove of the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, with 44% saying that they "strongly disapprove," per a new statewide poll from the University of South Florida and Florida International University.

The other side: 44% of the 600 respondents surveyed between July 2-10 favored some restrictions on abortions, from a full ban to restrictions to access after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Yes, but: Roughly a third said the state should pass a law protecting the right to an abortion.

The latest: Florida's 15-week abortion ban was reinstated last week after a judge tried to temporarily block it for being unconstitutional.

  • The plaintiffs' motion seeking to reinstate the injunction was rejected Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union told Axios.

Plus: The poll also showed that most Floridians support extensive gun policy reforms.

  • And a majority of respondents (59%) said they support the gun reforms passed by Congress last month, which include enhanced background checks for buyers under 21.

By the numbers: In the wake of several recent high-profile mass shootings, the respondents said they supported:

  • Universal background checks for all gun purchases (Democrats 96%, Independents 91%, Republicans 91%)
  • Requiring a license to purchase guns classified as "assault weapons" (Democrats 95%, Independents 84%, Republicans 79%)
  • Prohibiting individuals under 21 from purchasing "assault weapons" (Democrats 95%, Independents 89%, Republicans 81%)
  • A mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases (Democrats 96%, Independents 85%, Republicans 79%)
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