In TALLAHASSEE — A new poll shows Florida voters — by better than a 9-to-1 margin — say they would like to see the state require background checks on those who want to buy guns.
A Quinnipiac poll
released Thursday shows 91 percent favor requiring universal gun background checks compared to 8 percent who said they’re opposed.
Fifty-one percent said they favored stricter statewide gun-control laws compared to 44 percent who were opposed. Self-described gun owners, however, were against tougher regulations, with 61 percent opposed to 33 percent in favor of such measures.
Quinnipiac asked 1,000 registered voters about their opinions on gun control laws in a random telephone survey taken March 13-18. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.
9 of 10 Florida voters favor background checks to buy guns
MU poll shows strong support for background checks on private gun sales
isconsin residents are sharply in favor of requiring background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows, while their support for banning assault-style weapons is solid but not as strong, a new Marquette University Law School poll shows.
The poll, released Tuesday, also shows a slight majority of those polled would support eliminating residency requirements for public employees such as in the city of Milwaukee.
With the November elections now history, the latest Marquette poll devoted much of its attention to other issues.
Pollster Charles Franklin said he decided not to poll on the Wisconsin Supreme Court race between incumbent Patience Roggensack and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
Franklin asked respondents their views of several political leaders, including Gov. Scott Walker and President Barack Obama.
The governor has a 50% approval rating, according to the poll, with a disapproval rating of 44%. His rating in late October was about the same – 49% approved of the job he was doing and 45% disapproved.
Obama’s support slipped a little more. His approval rating is at 48% and his disapproval rating is 45%. In late October, his approval rating was 51% and his disapproval was 44%.
The poll was conducted March 11-14 and surveyed 1,060 registered voters statewide, reaching people via both landline and cellphones. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
With the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School thrusting the issue of gun violence higher in the public consciousness, the Marquette poll queried Wisconsin residents on the topic.
The poll found 81% supported background checks for sales at gun shows or in private gun sales. Eighteen percent opposed such a requirement.
“This is an issue with widespread support,” Franklin said at a session of“On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” where the two discussed the latest poll results. Gousha is a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at the law school.
Franklin is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has been conducting the polls for the law school.
On the issue of banning assault-style guns, 54% supported such a ban and 43% opposed it. Among gun owners, 46% support a ban; 52% oppose it. And in households where there is no gun, 64% said they supported such a restriction while 32% oppose such a ban.
An assault weapons ban suffered a potential death blow Tuesday in the U.S. Senate when Democratic leaders said their guns legislation would not include it.
The residency issue also has gained some traction this year, after Walker included a provision in his next two-year budget that would eliminate residency requirements in scores of communities. For Milwaukee, it would mean an end to a 75-year requirement that police and other public employees must live in the city.
In the poll, 53% of the respondents are in favor of getting rid of the residency requirement while 42% believe that public employees should abide by such a condition.
When the poll asked Milwaukee residents the question, 49% favored the provision and 48% did not.
Other counties in metro Milwaukee were more opposed to the rule. Sixty-eight percent were in favor of eliminating the requirement, and 28% supported it.
Governance issues related to the Milwaukee County Board also have become a concern this year, with legislation that could pare some of the board’s authority and reduce supervisors’ pay by about 50%.
The measure is opposed by 54% of Milwaukee residents and supported by 37%. In the rest of the county, sentiments are just about the opposite. Sixty-one percent favor a part-time board and 30% support the current framework of a full-time County Board.
The poll oversampled for Milwaukee by gathering opinions from 360 respondents living in the city. This was done to allow for more detailed responses from the city. Franklin said the responses are then weighted to reflect the slightly less than 10% of the statewide population the city represents.
On another issue, Walker is proposing to provide more state funding for voucher schools and to expand the program to districts with two or more low-performing schools, which would put it in nine new districts, including Waukesha and West Allis-West Milwaukee. Some of Walker’s fellow Republicans oppose the plan.
The poll showed 37% of respondents support the idea of expanding voucher schools across the state while 14% said they support such schools for larger districts with low-performing schools. Another 14% said they did not support expansion of the program and 28% said they back an end to vouchers altogether. The remainder did not have an opinion.
Walker signed iron mining legislation last week after more than a year of battles in the Legislature. The Marquette poll shows support for constructing an iron ore mine in Wisconsin – 51% support the development of such a mine and 42% oppose it.
Mining company Gogebic Taconite demanded changes in state environmental laws if it were to proceed with plans to build a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties. Regulatory approvals are still years away.
On other matters, both of the state’s U.S. senators are viewed more favorably than unfavorably, but the poll also revealed that much of the public still doesn’t know a lot about them, despite heavy media attention.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson polled 30% favorable and 25% unfavorable. But 44% said they could not provide an opinion.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin received 39% favorable and 36% unfavorable responses. And despite her victory in November against GOP candidate Tommy Thompson, 25% of those queried said they did not have an opinion of her.
Paul Ryan, the congressman from Janesville and GOP vice presidential candidate, had a 45% favorability rating and 37% viewed him unfavorably. Eighteen percent couldn’t give him a rating.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
From Huff Post:
Gun Poll: Background Checks Supported By 92% Of Americans
Universal background checks on gun buyers are favored by 92 percent of Americans, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday.
Support for the plan crosses demographics, with those in favor including 93 percent of gun households, 89 percent of Republicans, and 85 percent of households with NRA members.
The poll was taken before President Barack Obama’s press conference Wednesday, when he called for background checks, among a host of other gun control reforms.
“The only way we can change is if the American people demand it,” Obama said. “We are going to need voices in those areas and congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong.”
Surveys by Pew and ABC News/The Washington Post earlier this week also found broad, bipartisan support for background checks, which polled far ahead of other gun control measures that would limit types of weapons or ammunition. The sentiment that gun laws are too weak is at a 12-year high, according to Gallup, but remains under 40 percent.
The CBS News/New York Times poll also found that three-quarters of Americans think armed security guards would reduce mass shootings, with little difference across party lines. About a third said more guards would do a lot to reduce shootings, while a quarter thought they would do nothing at all.
The poll surveyed 1,110 adults by phone between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15, with a 3 percent margin of error.
What is the Disconnect here? Is Congress and our Government this bad that they canNOT even get this through any system?
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