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EXCLUSIVE POLL: This is where Georgians stand on gun safety measures

A majority of Georgians would support measures meant to improve gun safety. That's the biggest takeaway in a new exclusive poll from 11Alive and SurveyUSA.
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AR-15 semi-automatic guns are on display for sale at Action Target on June 17, 2016 in Springville, Utah.

ATLANTA — According to the results of the poll, an overwhelming number of Georgians – 72% to be exact – support the idea of raising the minimum age of gun ownership from 18 years old to 21. Only 24% say the age requirement should remain where it is. Four percent were unsure of making any changes.

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When it comes to allowing teachers to carry guns, Georgians were a little more evenly split about supporting the idea. Only 40% support arming teachers in public school, whereas 46% oppose the idea. Fourteen percent of those surveyed were unsure about the move. In Georgia, multiple school districts already have passed measures arming teachers.

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The survey also asked whether Georgians would support a ban on assault-style rifles, like the AR-15. A slim majority – 51% – said they would support a ban, while 37% reported they would oppose a ban. Meanwhile, 12% responded they were unsure of banning those types of weapons.

Regardless of the age or occupation of a person carrying a gun, a majority of Georgians – 84% – still believe that permits should continue to be required for anyone wanting to carry a handgun. That's compared to 13% who say that any legally qualified owner should be allowed to carry a gun without a permit. A mere 3% were unsure.

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1. Right now, the minimum age to own a handgun in Georgia is 18. Should the minimum age be left at 18? Or increased to 21?

  • 24% Left At 18
  • 72% Increased To 21
  • 4% Not Sure

*Credibility Interval for this question = ± 2 percentage points.

2. Right now, Georgia adults who wish to carry a handgun need to have a permit to do so. Should Georgia continue to require permits to carry handguns? Or should Georgia allow any legally qualified handgun owner to carry a handgun without a permit?

  • 84% Continue To Require Permits To Carry
  • 13% Allow Any Legally Qualified Owner To Carry Without Permit
  • 3% Not Sure

*Credibility Interval for this question = ± 1.6 percentage points.

3. Would you support or oppose allowing Georgia teachers who are legally qualified handgun owners to carry their handguns in public schools?

  • 40% Support
  • 46% Oppose
  • 14% Not Sure

*Credibility Interval for this question = ± 2.2 percentage points.

4. Would you support or oppose a ban on assault-style rifles such as the AR-15?

  • 51% Support
  • 37% Oppose
  • 12% Not Sure

*Credibility Interval for this question = ± 2.2 percentage points.

HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED: 11Alive commissioned the scientific poll with SurveyUSA. They interviewed 2,875 state of GA adults 05/10/18 through 05/15/18. Of the adults, 2,339 were registered to vote. Of those registered to vote, 1,033 were determined by SurveyUSA to have already returned a ballot or to be likely to do so before the 05/22/18 deadline. Of the likely primary voters, 558 chose a Republican primary ballot, 475 chose a Democratic primary ballot. Incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal is term-limited. If necessary, a run-off election would be 07/24/18.


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