A poll conducted by the Scottish Police Authority has found that 53% of those asked supported armed officers attending routine calls.
The findings follow widespread controversy, particularly in the Highlands, over the policy of allowing officers to carry weapons on the street.
The survey of 1,000 people was conducted in October and November last year.
The Press and Journal is today carrying out its own poll online.
Do you agree with the standing authority of officers to carry firearms? Has the policy affected your trust in the police?