Poll: Florida still favors 'stand your ground' law

Law under scrutiny after Trayvon Martin shooting death

Published On: May 25 2012 11:47:29 AM EDT   Updated On: May 25 2012 11:56:08 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

As the Trayvon Martin case continues to play out in court, a new poll shows that Floridians remain supportive of the state's "stand your ground" law.

According to a poll from Quinnipiac University, 56 percent of registered voters back the law, while 35 percent oppose it. 

"Despite the controversy, public opinion seems to be solidly behind 'Stand Your Ground' and slightly against stricter gun control," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Republicans lean heavily in favor of the law, with 78 percent supporting it, while 59 percent of Democrats are against it.  Fifty-eight percent of independent voters support the law, while 35 percent are against it.

The poll shows there remains a gender gap on the law as 65 percent of men and 48 percent of women say they support "stand your ground."

There is also a major gender gap in Florida over gun control.

According to the poll, 62 percent of men are against more gun control.  A majority of women surveyed -- 54 percent -- back increased gun control in the Sunshine State.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, shot and killed Martin, an unarmed teen, in late February. 

After initially not being arrested, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

The lack of arrest prompted numerous rallies and marches in Sanford and across the country.