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41% Think 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Improve Public Safety

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law made headlines again this month after a jury there found Michael Dunn not guilty of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager after an argument over loud music. A plurality continues to support "stand your ground" laws, and Americans are now more confident that such a law improves public safety.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of American Adults favor having a “stand your ground” law in their state. That’s unchanged from last July following the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Thirty-four percent (34%) oppose such a law in their state, while 20% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 17-18, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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