Poll: Utahns Favor Allowing Concealed Weapons on Campus

A slight majority of Utahns favor allowing students and faculty carry concealed weapons on the campuses of Utah's public colleges and universities.

A new UtahPolicy.com survey shows 51% of Utahns favor allowing concealed weapons on campus while 34% are opposed. Another 16% say they are either neutral or don't know.

Utah State University recently came under fire after feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian canceled an appearance on campus because police would not screen attendees for weapons following threats of a shooting if she went through with her speech.

In 2004, Utah lawmakers passed a law to prevent public universities from restricting concealed weapons on campus.

64% of Republicans favor concealed weapons on campus, while 76% of Democrats are opposed. Independent voters are split on the issue. 47% favor allowing guns on campus while 38% are opposed.

The issue also highlights differences in gender when it comes to guns. 61% of men favor allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on campus while just 41% of women do. 

The survey was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates from December 22, 2014 to January 10, 2015 among 715 registered Utah voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.66%.