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Q Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Background Checks For Gun Purchases, Oppose GOP Tax Plan, Back Special Counsel

November 15th, 2017 · 6 Comments · National Politics, News and Events

From Q Poll:
In the wake of another massacre, American voters today support 95 – 4 percent, including 94 – 5 percent among voters in households where there is a gun, universal background checks for gun purchases, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

This is the highest level of support for universal background checks since the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll first asked this question in February 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.

American voters support 65 – 31 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, also a new high. Voters in gun households support a ban 51 – 43 percent.

Voters support 60 – 36 percent stricter gun laws and a number of specific gun measures:
– 91 – 7 percent for a ban on the sale of guns to people convicted of a violent crime;
– 62 – 34 percent for stricter regulation of ammunition sales;
– 74 – 24 percent for a ban on gun modifications that can make a gun work more like a fully automatic weapon.

It is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S., 59 percent of American voters say. But only 37 percent say the ease of buying guns is the bigger cause of mass shootings, while 52 percent say the bigger reason is because it’s too difficult to get mental health care.

Stricter gun laws would help prevent mass shootings, 34 percent of voters say, as 62 percent say shooters would find a way around stricter gun laws and commit these crimes anyway.

“With each American gun massacre, there is stronger voter support for tighter gun control measures,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“But the cynical view prevails. Stricter laws will do no good whatsoever in a country with more guns than people.”

American voters disapprove 52 – 25 percent of the Republican tax plan. Republican voters approve 60 – 15 percent, with 26 percent undecided. All other party, gender, education, age and racial groups disapprove.

The wealthy would mainly benefit from this tax plan, 61 percent of American voters say, while 24 percent say the middle class will mainly benefit and 6 percent say low-income people would mainly benefit.

American voters say 59 – 33 percent that the Republican tax plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.

Only 16 percent of American voters say the Republican tax plan will reduce their taxes, while 35 percent of voters say it will increase their taxes and 36 percent say it won’t have much impact on their taxes.

Only 36 percent of voters believe the GOP tax plan will lead to an increase in jobs and economic growth, while 52 percent do not believe it.

American voter opinions on some of the elements of the Republican tax plan are:
– 49 – 45 percent that lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent is a bad idea;
– 58 – 30 percent that doubling the standard deduction is a good idea;
– 59 – 30 percent that eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes is a bad idea;
– 48 – 43 percent that eliminating the estate tax is a good idea.

“The sentiment from voters: The GOP tax plan is a great idea, if you are rich. Otherwise, you’re out of luck,” Malloy said.

That Russian Thing
American voters say 60 – 27 percent that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a fair investigation into possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. Voters are divided 47 – 46 percent on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office if he fires Mueller. 

From November 7 – 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,577 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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  • Tom White

    Responses showing party affiliation suggest strong bias.
    Mention of impeachment is nonsense and hurts the credibility of the poll.

  • Ron Mackey

    This current Congress passed a law that makes it legal for mentally impaired people to purchase a gun.

  • Donald Day

    I don’t understands this, ” American voters today support 95 – 4 percent for background checks.” What difference does it make if your son, daughter, mother or father is killed by an illegal or legally purchased gun? As a man who lost his sister to senseless gun violence, killed by a kid shooting at another kid, we never asked, while dealing with our pain, whether the gun was legally purchased or not.

    It didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now and this false narrative about legal or illegal guns is just meant to keep people from understanding the real problem in America, GUNS. My hope is that none of you have to experience the relevance of a legal or illegal gun dispute.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The National Rifle Association’s well-financed lobbying efforts in Washington DC and all fifty state legislatures is not indefeatable. There have been several horrific mass murders perpetrated by sociopaths armed with AR-15 assault rifles. The public outcry is deafening now. Congress is more obligated now to take legislative action than ever before. Everyone and their mothers knows damned well the NRA keeps Capitol Hill fenced in with campaign contributions and a sizeable voting bloc. 

    After, Las Vegas, Nevada,Sutherland Springs, Texas and the school shooting in northern California we were done with mass shootings. We were done with mass shootings after Sandy Hook Elementary School was aired out by a cracked egg armed with an AR-15, named Adam Lanza. Hell, we were done with them in 1966 when Charles Whitman set up in a clock tower in Austin, Texas. 

    After every spasm of gun violence state governments pass stricter gun laws until the cows come home. None of those laws means shit because the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government are unable and/or unwilling to draft and pass meaningful regulation of firearms, and federal law trumps state’s rights.

    Our votes count. It’s time for the people to stand up and shout in one voice “Now that’s enough, Goddamn it!”

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The House of Representatives passed its version of the tax bill. Not that it means much. The House has been under GOP control for more than a decade. The only legislative action taken was voting more than a gazillion times to releal the Affordable Care Act. The Senate has yet to vote on its version of the tax bill. Given Mitch McConnell’s passive-aggressive approach to dealing with #45 it will not pass.

    Trump has been tossed a few bones, bills to sign. But the GOP establishment is loathe to send a piece of major legislation to The White House for the orange signature. McConnell, Ryan and company stalling Trump’s legislative agenda. He’ll be forced from office before too long. Even the provincials that voted for him have serious doubts.

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