High Point, NC - Since the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT the nation has debated over the controversial topic of putting armed guards in schools.
High Point University conducted a survey among North Carolinians in all 100 counties from January 27-31 asking if NC schools are safer and how they feel about armed guards in schools.
The first question of the survey asked, "Would you say that schools in North Carolina are safer or less safe for students and teachers than they were 10 years ago?" Thirty four percent said they felt schools are safer, 42 percent felt less safe, 13 percent said there is no difference and 11 percent didn't know/give a response.
The second question asked, "Some people support hiring more armed guards to help keep schools safe, but other people have said that is not necessary. Do you think all schools should hire armed guards?" Fifty five percent said all schools should have armed guards, 41 percent said not all schools them, five percent didn't know and less than one percent refused to answer.
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"North Carolinians are concerned about school safety," said Dr. Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll, in a news release. "And this is part of a larger conversation about how to stop the violent crimes that have we see in the news with great frequency. The HPU Poll will examine this issue more closely in upcoming surveys."