Poll Finds Most Americans Support Fireworks Restrictions

(South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS) — A Florida Atlantic University poll released to coincide with Independence Day found 27% of Americans support banning fireworks and another 27% believe their use should be restricted to certain hours.

And, like virtually everything else in American life in 2024, there are differences between Democrats and Republicans.

Regulate or Ban

The poll asked voters if they would support “stricter regulations or bans on the sale and use of consumer fireworks in your area to reduce the noise and stress they cause for people and pets?”

— 27% said they should not be allowed.

— 27% said they should be restricted to certain hours

— 22% said they are fine if used responsibly.

— 5% said there should be no restrictions.

— 19% had no strong opinion.

Political perspective

The ideological leanings — favoring regulations versus favoring freedom — were noticeable in the responses.

Democrats were much more likely to favor prohibition or restrictions.

Republicans were more likely to be okay with fireworks if they’re used responsibly.

— Not allow fireworks: Democrats, 31%; Republicans, 24%; independents, 27%.

— Restrict to certain hours: Democrats, 32%; Republicans, 20%; independents, 29%.

— Fine if used responsibly: Democrats 18%; Republicans 26%; independents, 22%.

— No restrictions: Democrats 4%; Republicans, 7%; independents 5%.

— No strong opinion: Democrats 15%; Republicans, 24%; independents, 17%.

Age, Gender

Voters age 50 and above were significantly more likely to favor a ban or restrictions on fireworks than younger voters.

Voters under age 50 were much more likely to view fireworks as fine if used responsibly and more likely to favor no restrictions at all.

— Not allow fireworks: voters under age 50, 21%; voters age 50 and older, 32%.

— Restrict to certain hours: younger, 23%, older 30%.

— Fine if used responsibly: younger 29%; older 17%.

— No restrictions: younger 9%; older, 3%.

— No strong opinion: younger, 19%; older, 18%.

Women were somewhat more likely to want restrictions or a ban. Men were less likely to favor restrictions.

Fine Print

The poll of 961 U.S. registered voters was conducted June 29 and June 30 by Mainstreet Research for Florida Atlantic University’s PolCom Lab, which is a collaboration of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and Department of Political Science.

The survey used an online panel and automated phone calls to reach other voters. It has a margin of error equivalent to plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full survey of Democrats, Republicans and independents.

However, the margin of error for smaller groups, such as Republicans or Democrats, men and women, or younger and older voters, would be higher because the sample sizes are smaller.

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