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Poll: Central Florida's views of Muslims more negative after massacre
by Steven Lemongello
About one in five Central Floridians view Muslims more negatively in the wake of the Pulse shootings, even as support for the LGBT and Hispanic communities has grown, a new poll has found.
The Mason-Dixon poll conducted last week for the Orlando Sentinel also shows that Central Floridians support individual gun rights even as a majority back banning assault rifles. Residents also gave their thoughts on the cause of the massacre, its effect on tourism and public safety, and how well elected officials and law enforcement responded.
Pollster Brad Coker noted that the survey found "the strongest backlash is against the Muslim community."
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