Gun control -Latest polling

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  1. PrettyPanther profile image84
    PrettyPantherposted 5 months ago

    ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 2-5, 2019. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

    "Would you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?"

    Support 56%
    Oppose    41%
    Unsure    4%     
                                 
    "Would you support or oppose requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers, including private sales and gun shows?"

    Support    89%
    Oppose    9%
    Unsure 1%     
                                 
    "Would you support or oppose a nationwide ban on high capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?"

    Support    60%
    Oppose    36%
    Unsure     4%         
                                 
    "Would you support or oppose a law allowing the police to take guns away from people who have been found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others?"

    Support     86%
    Oppose 12%
    Unsure     2%      
                                 
    "Would you support or oppose a mandatory buy back program in which the federal government would require assault weapon owners to turn in those weapons in exchange for payment?"

    Support 52%
    Oppose    44%
    Unsure     4%    
                                 
    "Who do you trust more to handle gun laws in this country: Trump or the Democrats in Congress?"

    Trump 36%
    Democrats in Congress 51%   
    Both 1%
    Neither 9%
    Unsure 4%

    http://pollingreport.com/guns.htm

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      It is polls like this that make one wonder about the American citizen.  Over half of our people would attack "assault weapons" as the first step in controlling the death toll in our country.

      And they will do so not knowing, or caring, that of the 6 most common weapons used in murders, the rifle is used the least; the rifle, which includes the smaller subset of "assault weapon" we're so afraid of. 

      Of the 12,253 homicides in 2013, the top choice of weapons were:
      handguns   5782
      knives/cutting instruments   1490
      Personal (hands/feet)  687
      blunt instrument (club, hammer)   428
      shotguns  308
      rifles (including assault weapons)  285

      So our educated, intelligent citizen chooses the least common tool to attack, and only a subset of that category at that.  He does this because he has been trained to think that the "assault weapon" he is so afraid of is a military gun, used by the military to assault fortified enemy positions.  He is ignorant of the fact that the difference between a common hunting rifle and an "assault weapon" as defined by law is a folding stock, a light tin shield around the barrel, a pistol grip or some black paint.  And he doesn't want to know either - the years of advertising has convinced him is all he needs to attack the most common gun owned in the US as the most dangerous though it is at the very bottom of the 6 most deadly weapons used in murders in our country.

      1. PrettyPanther profile image84
        PrettyPantherposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        We're smart enough to know that addressing mass shootings requires different measures than addressing other gun violence.

        Duh.

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Ah.  If you take the preferred tool from a murderer it is different than taking the preferred tool from a murderer.  And you know this because world wide experience says that taking guns from murderers does not significantly affect the murder rate.

          Good thinking; it's right up there along with being scared of a specific gun because it is black and carries a scary label designed to arouse fright.

          1. PrettyPanther profile image84
            PrettyPantherposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Same old tired nonsense.

      2. Ken Burgess profile image91
        Ken Burgessposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Its a Poll of 1,000 people... chosen by ABC/WP...

        Its not worth the time to consider.

        1. PrettyPanther profile image84
          PrettyPantherposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Did you look at the methodology to determine this poll is faulty?

    2. DoubleScorpion profile image78
      DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      1003 folks...curious as to their locations and political and social standings.

      Not sure that I would consider a poll of 1003 people accurately represents the American opinion.

      1. promisem profile image97
        promisemposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Professional pollsters do their best to include a cross section of people from various locations and political affiliations.

        It's why most polls these days have a high degree of accuracy and report similar results on similar questions. They also include a margin of error just in case.

        The results from this poll come close to other recent polls on the same issues.

        1. DoubleScorpion profile image78
          DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          "Professional" is the key word...another would be an "unbiased"

          But, we all know how that works...

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            President must be so unprofessional, hardly and good guild books to follow. That is why they are dominated by lawyers, not the constitution.

          2. promisem profile image97
            promisemposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            Please prove otherwise. I have worked with professional pollsters many times during my career at both conservative and liberal media companies. None of them ever acted any less than professional.

            I find that Trump supports consistently attack polls that don't give favorable numbers for Trump.

            If it's not what they want to hear, the poll has no credibility.

            1. Castlepaloma profile image73
              Castlepalomaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              In my professional lifestyle as a reknown builder/sculptor for 45 years. I met 100s of politicians and two US President. It is not professional to give out delusional freedom and human rights and not reach 25% of their promises. Only a clergyman can talks more BS, I don't need both of them in my world, not true professional public servants in my books. They can be on local scale.

            2. DoubleScorpion profile image78
              DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

              I don't trust any poll to be honest...unless I can see the questions and parties who responded...the goal of the poll... which questions were or were not answered.

              I don't care which party or person.

              I have conducted more than a few polls (or studies) in my time and I managed to get the results I wanted to show, by careful wording of my questions and by limited choices to keep results in the range I wanted. And I was very professional in how I conducted my "polls" and covered a range of demographics...but I was still able to bias it because of how I set it up to begin with.

              But...unlike many...I don't base my opinions on my emotions...

              1. promisem profile image97
                promisemposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                I'm sorry, but I don't see how you can say you biased your polls on purpose and then say they were professional polls.

                More importantly, the Clinton-Trump polls were accurate and consistent with each other. If they were biased, they all would have had different results.

                That makes them professional.

                1. DoubleScorpion profile image78
                  DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                  That is my point...

                2. DoubleScorpion profile image78
                  DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                  I'll give you an example...

                  Question:
                  Which of these persons do you consider to be a great leader?

                  1. Hitler
                  2. Mussolini
                  3. Jong Un

                  By asking this question and then limiting your answers...I have created a professional poll that is biased in nature..

                  Now, it I was to take the answers and say that of these choices, answer 1. was considered by xx% to be the better leader...then I am showing my information, my method and the findings...

                  But if I just state that xx% of those polled consider Hitler to be a great leader, then I am presenting biased and partly factual information, because I limited the choices and then didn't present the choices offered that the determination was made from.

                  This happens quite often...I have seen similar type polls on various websites...i.e.

                  Who do you feel will be elected President in 2020

                  a. Biden
                  b. Warren
                  c. Sanders
                  d. Wang

                  and then once the poll is closed, make the claim that choice "a, b, c, or d" is showing a xx% favorability for election over "the other side"(no %) to POTUS among voters polled.

                  1. gmwilliams profile image84
                    gmwilliamsposted 5 months agoin reply to this

                    Hitler was considered a great leader to many Germans who suffered during the Depression.  They maintained that Hitler pulled Germany out of the Depression & created order which included improving the economy.  Many Italians felt the same way about Mussolini.  There are  North Koreans who consider Jong Un a great leader.  However, history proved that such leaders ruled by fear & intimidation-marginalizing those who disagreed with their particular regime.   Furthermore, history furthermore confirmed that Hitler wasn't a leader but a demonic tyrant.  Mussolini was considered to be an egomaniac.   Jong Un is a tyrant.   

                    I surmise that Warren will be elected President in 2020.  Biden is seen as unstable.  Sanders is too far left & revolutionary.    Wang? Well, who is Wang exactly!

      2. Don W profile image84
        Don Wposted 5 months agoin reply to this

        Pew did three pages of analysis of Trump's approval rating. The fourth page had their methodology:

        "The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted January 9-14, 2019 among a national sample of 1,505"

        Clearly these "Pew Research" people are complete amateurs! 

        https://www.people-press.org/2019/01/18 … ology-214/

        1. DoubleScorpion profile image78
          DoubleScorpionposted 5 months agoin reply to this

          Still doesn't mean that it accurately depicts all of the US.

          1003 folks is what....0.000003% of the population?

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            If you get everyone to vote on anything. You would have people power not Government over control.

          2. Don W profile image84
            Don Wposted 5 months agoin reply to this

            What it does is give you a hint that if an organization that has spent decades researching different methods for conducting political polls uses a similar sized sample, perhaps there is more to this than meets the eye.

            As an enterprising person with an inquiring mind, naturally you would then do some research (I know, I'm hopelessly optimistic) which, in short order, would lead you to the concept of "random sampling" and "weighting", both of which can ensure that a poll of 1003 adults accurately depicts the opinions of the nation as a whole.

            After all that, if you still don’t think random sampling works, make sure you ask your doctor to take all your blood next time you need a blood test.

  2. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 5 months ago

    The magic number 80 % of the pubic support changes law for the positive like in the 80% background checks and gun taking away from offenders.

    From my study of American and world history this is true number 80%, that changes collective conscious for people power. About 80% it is where medical marijuana and tiny houses were changed, I bet my life on it.

    1. PrettyPanther profile image84
      PrettyPantherposted 5 months agoin reply to this

      Seems reasonable, give or take a little, but as long as do-nothing  Mitch MCConnell is in charge nothing will happen.

  3. PhoenixV profile image61
    PhoenixVposted 5 months ago

    I support gun control 100%. I believe our tax money should be used to buy back all weapons from Governments. They have the worst track records of killing people, especially innocent non combatants.

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    RTalloniposted 5 months ago

    An important, insightful read on the topic is Why Meadow Died, https://www.amazon.com/Why-Meadow-Died- … amp;sr=8-1

 
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