Q-Poll: Voters Back Metal Detectors, Armed Guards in Schools

Monday, May 12, 2014  |  Updated 7:53 AM EDT
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Q-Poll: Voters Back Metal Detectors, Armed Guards in Schools

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Most Connecticut voters support using metal detectors at schools, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday. A smaller percent were in support of having armed guards on duty.

Towns and cities across the state have heightened safety at local schools after the tragic school shooting in Newtown that claimed the lives of 20 first graders and six staff members in December 2012.

The most recent Quinnipiac poll found that 82 percent of the voters who participated said they support using metal detectors at school entrances, while 15 percent are opposed.

A smaller percentage – 49  percent – said they support having armed guards in schools, while 44 percent are opposed.

The state enacted stricter gun legislation after the school shooting and 56 percent of Connecticut voters who took part in the poll support the new gun control laws.

Support was greater among Democrats, at 81 percent, while 69 percent of Republicans opposed it. Among independent voters, 54 percent supported the new laws.
 

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