Q Poll: Voters favor armed guards in schools

Respondents in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released this morning favor stationing armed guards in schools and they also support by a narrower margin, the death penalty.

With wide partisan and gender gaps, Connecticut voters support 56 – 38 percent the state’s stricter new gun control laws, poll director Douglas Schwartz said.

The support is 81 – 14 percent among Democrats and 54 – 40 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 69 – 25 percent, according to the latest Q Poll. Men oppose stricter gun laws 51 – 45 percent, while women back these laws 66 – 27 percent.

By an 82 – 15 percent margin, voters support using metal detectors at school entrances. There is strong support from every group listed. By a smaller 49 – 44 percent margin, voters support armed guards in schools, Schwartz said.

The poll was taken from May 1-6, about a week after Maren Sanchez, a junior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, was stabbed to death at the school.

Support is almost identical among men and women, but there is a large partisan gap: Republicans support armed guards 59 – 36 percent, while Democrats are opposed 51 – 43 percent. Independent voters support the idea 51 – 43 percent.

On the question of the death penalty, Connecticut voters support it 58 – 36 percent, the poll found. They are divided in their opinion of the 2012 bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the chance of parole, with 47 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. Men disapprove 57 – 40 percent while women approve 53 – 41 percent.

“Despite the botched execution in Oklahoma, we haven’t seen any change in support for the death penalty in Connecticut: 58 percent still support the death penalty, but are divided when given a choice between the death penalty and life without parole,” Schwartz said.

Read the full Q Poll results here: qpoll 5-12

Frank Juliano