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Most Still Favor Armed Guards in Schools, But Support Is Down

An armed guard is credited with dramatically limiting a school shooting in Colorado earlier this month, but while most Americans still like the idea of armed school guards, support is down from past surveying.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of American Adults would feel safer if their child attended a school with an armed security guard. That’s down slightly from 66% in February of last year following a massacre at a Florida high school. Just 26% would opt instead for a school where no adults were allowed to carry a gun. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2019 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.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 12-13, 2019 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.

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