Politics & Government

Poll: Majority of Florida’s registered voters favor Stand Your Ground law

The latest statewide poll shows that Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law remains popular among Florida’s voters.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thurday shows that a majority of registered Florida voters, 56-35 percent, support the law.

The 2005 law drew intense scrutiny after 17-year-old Travyon Martin, of Miami Gardens, was shot and killed on Feb. 26 in Sanford as he returned home from a convenience store. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, was charged with second-degree murder. He claims he shot the teen in self-defense.

Support for the Stand Your Ground law ran mostly along political party lines. Republicans overwhelmingly support it, 78-15 percent. Independents also support it, 58-35 percent. Democrats oppose it, 59-32 percent. Men back the law, 65-31 percent, while women favor it, 48-39 percent. Support is 61-31 percent among white voters. Hispanic voters support it, 53-36 percent. Black voters oppose it, 56-30 percent.

"Despite the controversy, public opinion seems to be solidly behind ’Stand Your Ground’ and slightly against stricter gun control," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute.

The Quinnipiac poll was done from May 15 - 21. The pollster surveyed 1,722 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Interviewers call land lines and cell phones.