Press Release for Thursday, February 21, 2013

UNF Poll Shows Declining Approval for President but Growing Approval for Governor

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

 Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2192 

   

 

A new University of North Florida poll reveals that President Obama’s approval ratings have dropped since March 2012, from a 47 percent approval rating down to a 43 percent approval rating. Contrary to this, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s approval ratings have improved since last March, 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 that 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 of 2012. Regardless of this finding, the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office still received a very high approval rating of 71 percent, similar to the 72 percent approval JSO 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 cell phone 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 Monday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 12, and includes 917 residents (+/- 3.23 percent) in Duval County. Approximately 210 UNF political science students participated in the data collection. 

 

Below are the full results. For further information or questions about methodology, contact Dr. Michael Binder, UNF assistant professor of political science, at (904) 620-1205 or m.binder@unf.edu . 

 

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education. 

 

*Data is weighted by age, gender, race, and party identification.  

    

In your opinion, what should be Jacksonville’s top priority this year?  

   

  

N=917  

Improving Arts  & Entertainment  

2%  

Improving the Downtown Area  

6%  

Improving the Economy & Creating Jobs  

37%  

Improving Public Education  

24%  

Improving Transportation & Infrastructure  

3%  

Reducing Crime  

13%  

Solving the Public Pension Problem  

3%  

Balancing the Budget  

5%  

Other  

6%  

NA/DK  

1%  

    

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?  

   

  

March 2012  

February 2013  

Strongly Approve  

26%  

28%  

Somewhat Approve  

21%  

18%  

Somewhat Disapprove  

12%  

12%  

Strongly Disapprove  

38%  

37%  

NA/DK  

2%  

5%  

   

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rick Scott is handling his job as Governor of Florida?  

   

  

March 2012  

February 2013  

Strongly Approve  

13%  

15%  

Somewhat Approve  

35%  

39%  

Somewhat Disapprove  

18%  

17%  

Strongly Disapprove  

21%  

17%  

NA/DK  

13%  

11%  

   

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is handling its job?  

   

  

March 2012  

February 2013  

Strongly Approve  

24%  

28%  

Somewhat Approve  

48%  

43%  

Somewhat Disapprove  

12%  

11%  

Strongly Disapprove  

11%  

15%  

NA/DK  

5%  

4%  

   

   

   

   

   

   

In general, how fearful are you of becoming a victim of crime?  

   

  

March 2012  

February 2013  

Not Fearful At All  

19%  

22%  

Not Very Fearful  

30%  

26%  

Somewhat Fearful  

39%  

37%  

Very Fearful  

10%  

15%  

NA/DK  

1%  

1%  

   

Do you or does anybody in your household own a gun?  

   

  

N=917  

Yes  

40%  

No  

54%  

NA/DK  

6%  

    

Demographics Questions:  

    

What is your age? Is it:  

  

N=917  

18-24  

16%  

25-44  

35%  

45-64  

33%  

65-80  

10%  

Above 80  

5%  

NA/DK  

1%  

What is your racial or ethnic background?  Is it:  

  

N=917  

Caucasian  

61%  

African American  

27%  

Latino  

6%  

Asian  

4%  

Other  

3%  

NA/DK  

0%  

   

Are you a registered Democrat, Republican, No Party Affiliation or are you not registered to vote?  

  

N=917  

Democrat  

36%  

Republican  

34%  

No Party Affiliation  

16%  

Other  

3%  

Not Registered to Vote  

7%  

NA/DK  

3%  

   

What is the highest grade in school or year of college you have completed?  

  

N=917  

Grade School  

4%  

High School Graduate  

25%  

Some College  

41%  

College Graduate  

19%  

Post Graduate  

9%  

NA/DK  

1%  

What is your annual household income?  

  

N=917  

Less than $25,000  

11%  

$25,000 to $50,000  

24%  

$50,000 to $75,000  

20%  

$75,000 to $100,000  

12%  

Above $100,000  

12%  

NA/DK  

20%  

Are we reaching you on a landline or a cell phone?  

  

N=917  

Landline  

43%  

Cell Phone  

56%  

NA/DK  

1%  

Do you only have a landline, only have a cell phone, or do you have both a landline and a cell phone?  

  

N=917  

Landline Only  

5%  

Cell Phone Only  

33%  

Both Landline and Cell phone  

61%  

NA/DK  

1%  

What area of town do you live in?  

  

N=917  

Northside  

21%  

Westside  

21%  

Arlington  

11%  

Downtown  

2%  

Riverside  

4%  

Southside  

16%  

Mandarin  

11%  

Intracoastal/Beaches  

11%  

NA/DK  

3%  

Respondent gender  

  

N=917  

Male  

48%  

Female  

52%