Immigration, Guns/Assault Weapons, Crime, Human/Sex Trafficking, Drone Use and Personal Safety Are Key Issues in the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey
University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus shares survey findings about state's performance and citizen opinion on key issues about immigration, crime and personal safety
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Almost half of Floridians believe banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons would be moving the state in the right direction, according to the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. In addition, the majority of Floridians are against granting more rights and assistance to undocumented immigrants or creating safe zones in cities for undocumented immigrants.
Distinguished University Professor Susan MacManus at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences today released findings on Floridians' opinions about immigration, crime, law enforcement, personal safety and liberty. The next data release scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12 will focus on elections—constitutional amendments, primary structure, felon voting rights, equipment, convenience, and information available to citizens.
"Florida's very diverse population has yielded intense debates about immigration, gun ownership, human trafficking and individual rights (privacy and religious liberty)," MacManus said. "A common thread tying these issues together is a genuine concern for the personal safety and security of those who live in the Sunshine State. Stark differences are in opinions on how to make it happen. Generational, racial, and gender divides are the deepest on immigration, human trafficking, and gun ownership."
Hot topic issue results are:
Infographic: Creating safe zones for undocumented immigrants
Infographic: State performance on reducing human/sex trafficking
Infographic: Banning sale of semi-automatic weapons
Infographic: Passing legislation to protect religious liberties
The full data release on immigration, crime, law enforcement, personal safety and liberty is posted on the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey website, including a Quick Facts summary, infographics in .jpg format for download, and data analysis with cross tabs.
Additional data reveals views about the death penalty, stand your ground law, law enforcement using drones, legalizing recreational marijuana and safety in public places. Floridians also grade the performance of law enforcement and the court system.
Results of this survey are based on 1,248 telephone interviews conducted by The Nielsen Company Sept. 1-19, 2016 with a random sample of adults, aged 18 and older, residing in Florida households. For a random sample of 1,248 adults, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ± 2.77 percentage points. Refer to the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey website for complete methodology.
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The USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey is the most anticipated annual survey of Floridians on a wide range of issues affecting the state of Florida and serves as our state leaders' report card. Conducted by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida and Nielsen, this survey has become a critical source of citizen opinions on key issues facing this rapidly changing state--the nation's third largest. The series of questions asked annually since 2006 provides leaders and academics in the public, private and nonprofit sectors with much ‐ needed trend line data, while questions on newly ‐ emerging issues give leaders an invaluable baseline look at where a wide cross ‐ section of our state's residents stand on them.