Poll: President's approval declines, governor's grows

71% approve of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A new University of North Florida poll reveals that President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dropped since March among Duval County residents, from 47 percent to 43 percent.

Contrarily, Gov. Rick Scott's approval ratings have improved since then, with a 6 percent increase to a 51 percent approval rating.

Reducing crime was third on the list of priorities for the adult Duval County residents who were polled, with 13 percent of the respondents believing that it was a top priority, after improving the economy/creating jobs and improving the quality of public education.

In conjunction with these findings, 52 percent of Jacksonville residents were either somewhat or very fearful of becoming victims of crime, compared to 49 percent in March. Regardless of this finding, the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office still received a high approval rating of 71 percent, similar to the 72 percent approval it received last March.

Despite a majority of respondents replying that they were fearful of becoming a victim of crime, the polls reveal that only 40 percent of the respondents, or people in their household, owned a gun, in contrast with the 52 percent who didn't own a gun. Six percent of the respondents either didn't know or declined to answer.

The survey was conducted through the use of a 27-station telephone-polling laboratory at UNF. A polling sample was selected through the use of Random-Digit-Dialing methodology. A cellphone sample and an overlay sample were used to increase representation. Age, gender, race and party registration were weighted to the 2010 U.S. Census, as well as to statistics from the Supervisor of Elections for Duval County registered voters.

The survey was conducted between Feb. 4 and Feb. 12, and includes 917 residents (+/- 3.23 percent) in Duval County. About 210 UNF political science students participated in the data collection.

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