2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey: Majority of Floridians in Favor of Trained Staff Carrying Firearms at Schools and Imposing Heavier Fines for Texting While Driving; Oppose Creating More Highway Toll Lanes
Education, transportation, health and recreation hot topics in survey findings shared by University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2016) – Floridians favor allowing trained staff to carry firearms in public schools and oppose supporting study abroad programs in countries with known terrorist activity, according to the 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey. In addition, the majority of Florida adults agree the state would be going in the right direction by requiring elementary schools to have 20 minutes of daily recess, increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 and imposing heavier fines for texting while driving.
The findings released Tuesday by Distinguished University Professor Susan MacManus at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences cover Floridians' opinions about education, transportation, health and recreation. The next data release scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25 will focus on trust in government, state leadership and livability in Florida.
"Reaching consensus on emerging public concerns has been easier to reach on some issues than others. There's consensus among survey respondents on four issues – requiring elementary schools to give students a 20-minute recess daily, imposing heavier fines on those who text while driving, prohibiting use of government funds to renovate privately-owned sports facilities, and withdrawing support of university study abroad programs in countries with known terrorist activity," MacManus said. "But Floridians are more divided on other issues related to individual behavior including gun use training, smoking, sports gambling and transportation issues such as road tolls and ways to improve traffic flows."
Infographic: Trained Staff Carrying Firearms at Public Schools
Infographic: Imposing Heavier Fines for Texting While Driving
Infographic: Creating More Urban Highway Toll Lanes
Infographic: Improving Traffic Flow
Infographic: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water
Infographic: Increasing Smoking Age from 18 to 21
Infographic: Regulating Fantasy Sports as Gambling
The full data release on education, health, transportation and recreation is posted on the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey website, including a Quick Facts summary, infographics in .jpg format for download, and data analysis with cross tabs. Additional data reveals views about quality of education, promoting more school choice (vouchers), safety of children at school, federal funding for Medicaid expansion, assisting mentally/physically disabled, addressing wrong way driving deaths, state performance on public transportation, roads and bridges, and allowing more casino gambling.
Results of this survey are based on 1,248 telephone interviews conducted by The Nielsen Company Sept. 1-19, 2016 with a random sample of adults, aged 18 and older, residing in Florida households. For a random sample of 1,248 adults, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ± 2.77 percentage points. Refer to the USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey website for complete methodology.
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The USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey is the most anticipated annual survey of Floridians on a wide range of issues affecting the state of Florida and serves as our state leaders' report card. Conducted by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida and Nielsen, this survey has become a critical source of citizen opinions on key issues facing this rapidly changing state--the nation's third largest. The series of questions asked annually since 2006 provides leaders and academics in the public, private and nonprofit sectors with much ‐ needed trend line data, while questions on newly ‐ emerging issues give leaders an invaluable baseline look at where a wide cross ‐ section of our state's residents stand on them.