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U.S. public opinion on the "stand your ground laws" in March 2012

This statistic shows the approval of Americans on the legislation known as "stand your ground laws." Under those laws, people who are in a public place and believe that their life or safety is in danger are allowed to kill or injure the person who they think is threatening them. The survey was conducted on March 24-25, 2012. 43 percent of the respondents disapprove of this legislation.

Do you approve or disapprove of the "stand your ground laws"?*

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Release date

March 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

March 24 to 25, 2012

Number of respondents

1,014 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* Some states have enacted legislation, known as "stand your ground laws." Under those laws, people who are in a public place and believe that their life or safety is in danger are allowed to kill or injure the person who they think is threatening them.

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