Last month state lawmakers said they would explore arming teachers in the wake of the most recent mass school shooting in Florida.
The most recent Elon University Poll asked teachers in the state their opinion. The majority say they are against it, believing it could further endanger students and harm the learning environment.
Sixty-one percent of those polled said they would feel less safe with armed teachers. Seventy-four percent said they would not carry a gun in their class were they allowed.
The poll, which surveyed 379 N.C. public school teachers, was taken Feb. 28 through March 5. Respondents were contacted by contacted by email and through live-caller, dual-frame (landline and mobile phone) survey techniques.
The results have a margin of error of +/- 5.03 percent (questions asked of all 379 email and telephone respondents) and +/- 6.6 percent (questions asked only to the 227 email respondents).
Read the full report – including crosstabs and methodology, as well as other safety and gun policy questions, here.
“The people who would be most responsible for implementing any policy about arming teachers are the teachers themselves,” said Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll and assistant professor of political science, in a press statement. “Hearing the voices of teachers on this issue is essential. As a result, we went to great effort to make sure our survey is representative of the diversity of teachers in North Carolina. We wanted to know not only if they think arming teachers is a good or bad idea, but also why they have the opinions they do.”