January 24, 2013 - New Jersey Voters Back Gun Control By Big Margins, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Economy, Taxes Are Biggest Problems In Garden State

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By wide margins, New Jersey voters favor a broad range of gun-control measures and by a smaller 50 - 38 percent margin say that private gun ownership puts people at risk rather than protects them from crime, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters also support 82 - 16 percent, including 67 - 30 percent among Republicans, raising the Garden State's minimum wage, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

New Jersey voter opinions on gun-control measures are:
  • 58 percent want stricter gun laws in the state, with 8 percent calling for less strict laws and 29 percent saying keep the current laws;
  • Favor 70 - 26 percent a nationwide ban on high-capacity magazines;
  • Favor 69 - 27 percent a nationwide ban on assault weapons;
  • Favor 96 - 3 percent requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows;
  • Favor 78 - 20 percent a federal database to track all gun sales;
  • Favor 92 - 5 percent preventing people with mental illness from buying guns;
  • Favor 50 - 44 percent placing armed police in public schools.
Among the 322 voters who say there is at least one gun in their household only 30 percent want stricter gun laws, with 23 percent for less strict laws and 46 percent who want to keep laws as they are. These voters are less supportive of other gun measures.

"On a series of gun-control questions - background checks for gun buyers, nationwide bans on assault weapons and big bullet magazines - New Jersey gives clear support," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The support is solid, but a trifle less vigorous, on state gun control laws. A majority says they should be tougher but a sizable plurality says New Jersey law is just about right."

"Overwhelmingly, voters would keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill," Carroll added.

"Armed police in schools? A bare majority thinks it's a good idea."

While a 5-1 majority of New Jersey voters support raising the state's minimum wage, which currently is $7.25 per hour, 32 percent want to increase it to $8.25 per hour. Another 45 percent want to increase the minimum wage to more than $8.25 per hour.

Voters reject 55 - 40 percent the argument that small businesses will reduce hiring if the minimum wage is increased.

"New Jerseyans are in a generous mood when it comes to raising the minimum wage, with overwhelming support for an increase, even among Republicans," Carroll said.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 30 percent of New Jersey voters say the economy is the biggest issue facing the state, with 29 percent listing taxes. Another 8 percent list Hurricane Sandy recovery, with 7 percent citing education.

Looking at Sandy recovery, 43 percent of voters say it will be one to three years before things get back to normal, while 36 percent expect recovery to take three to five years, with 10 percent expecting recovery to take more than five years. Another 4 percent expect things to be back to normal in under a year while 5 percent say "never."

The owner of a home or business destroyed by Sandy should be allowed to rebuild with stricter building codes, 76 percent of voters say, including 76 percent of voters on the shore. Owners should be reimbursed and not allowed to rebuild, 6 percent say, while 16 percent say owners should be allowed to rebuild as before.

From January 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,647 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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

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27. What do you think is the most important problem facing New Jersey today? (Trend information is available upon request back through Apr 1996)
                            Tot
 
Economy Total               30%
 Economy general             3
 Unemployment/jobs          23
 Cost of living              2
 Business leaving/
  Outsourcing                1
 Economy other               1
 
Taxes Total                 29%
 Taxes general               8
 Property tax               20
 Taxes other                 1
 
Hurricane Sandy Recovery     8%
 
Education Total              7%
 Education general           2
 Funding education           2
 Teachers                    1
 Education other             2
 
Budget Total                 5%
 Budget general              1
 Budget deficits             1
 Gov too big/Gov
  spending                   1
 State workers/Union
  contracts too costly       1
 Budget priorities           1
 
Politicians Total            4%
 Politicians/Campaigns
  general                    1
 Governor/State
  leadership/Legislature     1
 Political corruption        1
 Politicians/Campaigns
  other                      1
 
Crime Total                  3%
 Crime/Violence general      2
 Drugs                       1
 
Gun control                  2%
 
Healthcare general           1%
 
Pension                      1%
 
Mass Transit general         1%
 
Other                        3%
 
DK/NA                        3%
 
 
28. Do you think the laws covering the sale of guns in New Jersey should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More strict          58%    34%    81%    51%    45%    69%    51%    85%    63%
Less strict           8     10      2     13     14      3      9      -     10
Kept the same        29     52     13     30     38     20     35      9     22
DK/NA                 5      4      3      6      3      7      5      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
More strict          60%    56%    67%    52%    57%    55%    55%    57%    66%
Less strict           7      9      6      8     11     13     11      7      4
Kept the same        28     29     22     35     28     31     29     30     23
DK/NA                 5      5      5      5      4      1      4      6      7
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
More strict          72%    64%    50%    46%    54%    30%    66%    56%    57%
Less strict           5      9     11     11      6     23      4      9      8
Kept the same        16     24     34     38     34     46     23     30     29
DK/NA                 8      4      4      5      6      1      6      5      6
 
 
29. As you may know, high-capacity magazines or clips can hold many rounds of ammunition, so a shooter can fire more rounds without manually reloading. Would you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold many rounds of ammunition?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                70%    56%    83%    68%    62%    77%    68%    81%    64%
Oppose               26     39     14     29     34     20     28     16     29
DK/NA                 4      5      2      3      4      4      4      3      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                76%    65%    69%    69%    72%    55%    68%    73%    75%
Oppose               20     31     27     28     25     41     28     24     20
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      3      4      5      3      4
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                72%    74%    69%    63%    68%    49%    76%    69%    69%
Oppose               21     23     28     34     28     47     20     28     27
DK/NA                 7      3      3      3      4      4      4      3      4
 
 
30. Would you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on assault weapons?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                69%    54%    85%    66%    62%    76%    66%    85%    64%
Oppose               27     41     12     31     35     19     30     15     28
DK/NA                 4      6      2      3      3      5      4      1      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                75%    66%    70%    70%    70%    56%    71%    71%    75%
Oppose               22     30     25     28     27     40     27     26     20
DK/NA                 3      4      5      2      2      3      2      3      6
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                77%    70%    66%    63%    72%    50%    76%    69%    69%
Oppose               16     27     31     34     23     47     20     30     29
DK/NA                 7      3      3      3      5      3      4      2      2
 
 
31. Would you favor or oppose requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                96%    96%    98%    95%    96%    97%    96%    97%    92%
Oppose                3      3      2      4      4      3      3      3      8
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                96%    96%    95%    97%    97%    95%    96%    97%    96%
Oppose                3      3      4      2      3      5      3      2      3
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      -      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                98%    95%    96%    97%    97%    95%    97%    97%    98%
Oppose                2      4      3      3      2      5      2      2      2
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      1      1      -      -
 
 
32. Would you favor or oppose creating a federal government database to track all gun sales?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                78%    64%    94%    72%    70%    84%    74%    93%    82%
Oppose               20     34      3     26     28     12     24      5     12
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      4      3      2      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                79%    77%    79%    77%    78%    81%    77%    78%    75%
Oppose               19     20     17     20     21     14     21     20     21
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      1      5      2      2      4
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                85%    82%    63%    77%    76%    59%    84%    79%    82%
Oppose               14     15     33     20     22     36     14     19     17
DK/NA                 1      3      4      3      2      5      2      2      1
 
 
33. Would you favor or oppose laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                92%    93%    93%    90%    92%    91%    93%    93%    85%
Oppose                5      5      4      7      5      5      4      5     14
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      2      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                92%    92%    92%    95%    91%    89%    91%    91%    95%
Oppose                4      6      7      2      5      7      6      5      3
DK/NA                 4      2      1      4      4      4      2      4      2
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                94%    91%    89%    90%    96%    91%    92%    92%    93%
Oppose                3      6      8      5      4      5      5      5      4
DK/NA                 3      3      3      5      1      4      3      3      3
 
 
34. Do you think that gun ownership in the United States does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, or does more to put people's safety at risk?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Protects people      38%    61%    18%    43%    50%    28%    42%    23%    44%
Puts people at risk  50     29     71     46     40     59     46     64     43
DK/NA                11     10     11     11     10     13     11     13     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Protects people      34%    41%    33%    45%    38%    34%    43%    39%    34%
Puts people at risk  56     47     55     44     54     55     47     50     52
DK/NA                10     13     12     11      9     11     10     11     14
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Protects people      24%    35%    48%    44%    42%    64%    30%    42%    43%
Puts people at risk  62     54     43     45     46     25     58     48     48
DK/NA                14     11     10     12     12     11     12     10     10
 
 
35. Do you think allowing citizens to own assault weapons makes the country safer or more dangerous?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Safer                20%    37%     5%    23%    29%    12%    24%     6%    18%
More dangerous       69     49     89     65     61     77     66     81     69
DK/NA                11     13      6     12     10     11     10     13     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Safer                16%    23%    16%    23%    21%    22%    23%    21%    15%
More dangerous       76     65     74     65     72     66     64     71     75
DK/NA                 8     12     11     12      7     12     13      9     10
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Safer                15%    18%    27%    24%    18%    40%    14%    24%    24%
More dangerous       76     71     66     65     68     44     78     65     66
DK/NA                 8     11      8     10     14     17      9     11     10
 
 
36. If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of guns, could you still vote for that candidate, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  62%    69%    57%    65%    67%    57%    65%    55%    55%
No                   26     21     31     23     23     28     24     33     30
DK/NA                13     10     12     12     10     15     11     12     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  65%    60%    56%    67%    68%    69%    71%    63%    48%
No                   26     26     30     22     23     21     21     25     34
DK/NA                 9     15     14     10     10     10      8     12     19
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Yes                  52%    64%    65%    62%    64%    63%    62%    71%    70%
No                   35     23     27     26     22     27     25     20     20
DK/NA                13     13      8     13     15     10     13      9     10
 
 
37. Do you favor or oppose placing an armed police officer in public schools in New Jersey?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favor                50%    57%    45%    48%    51%    50%    50%    53%    60%
Oppose               44     34     50     47     44     44     44     44     33
DK/NA                 6      9      4      5      5      6      6      3      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                38%    58%    56%    51%    43%    63%    51%    50%    41%
Oppose               56     36     38     44     51     33     42     45     50
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      5      4      7      4      9
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Favor                48%    49%    45%    57%    52%    62%    47%    56%    57%
Oppose               45     46     48     38     42     32     48     40     38
DK/NA                 7      5      8      4      7      6      6      4      5
 
 
38. Which of the following approaches do you think would be the most effective way to prevent mass shootings at schools, like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut: banning assault weapons, or increasing police presence at schools, or decreasing gun violence on television, in movies, and video games, or increasing government spending on mental health screening and treatment?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Ban assault weapons  31%    17%    43%    28%    26%    35%    29%    40%    25%
Police at schools    20     32     13     19     25     16     21     19     22
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     18     20     16     19     16     20     18     13     23
Increase Spending on
 mental health       25     23     27     26     24     26     20     26
DK/NA                 6      5      5      7      7      5      6      8      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Ban assault weapons  38%    26%    31%    28%    34%    21%    29%    35%    31%
Police at schools    15     23     20     25     18     30     24     18     13
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     15     20     21     16     15     14     12     18     27
Increase Spending on
 mental health       26     24     23     26     28     29     29     24     20
DK/NA                 6      6      5      6      5      5      6      5      8
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Ban assault weapons  44%    32%    29%    25%    26%    14%    36%    28%    28%
Police at schools    15     19     18     24     24     28     17     26     27
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     14     20     22     13     20     13     19     16     14
Increase Spending on
 mental health       19     25     26     31     24     39     21     26     26
DK/NA                 9      6      4      6      6      6      6      5      4
 
 
39. Do you think the National Rifle Association cares more about protecting the rights of gun-owners or more about protecting the profits of gun-makers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Rights of gun-owners 48%    75%    29%    49%    51%    45%    54%    26%    35%
Profit of gun-makers 43     18     64     40     41     45     37     66     51
DK/NA                 9      7      8     11      7     10      8      8     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Rights of gun-owners 45%    51%    44%    50%    49%    39%    44%    54%    48%
Profit of gun-makers 47     41     46     41     44     53     47     39     41
DK/NA                 9      9     10      8      7      8      9      7     11
 
                                          Philly        GUN HSHOLD  HAVE KIDS...
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No   <18 InPubSch
 
Rights of gun-owners 31%    44%    61%    55%    53%    68%    42%    49%    48%
Profit of gun-makers 56     48     30     37     40     26     49     43     43
DK/NA                12      8      9      8      7      6      9      8      8
 
 
40. Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New Jersey, which is now $7.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              82%    67%    96%    79%    75%    89%    80%    97%    86%
Oppose               16     30      4     18     23      9     18      3     14
DK/NA                 2      3      -      3      2      2      2      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              79%    85%    86%    83%    80%    91%    80%    82%    81%
Oppose               19     14     12     15     19      9     18     17     16
DK/NA                 2      2      2      1      2      -      2      2      3
 
                                          Philly        Union
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHld
 
Support              90%    84%    78%    82%    78%    85%
Oppose                8     13     22     17     19     14
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      3      1
 
 
41. (If support q40) Do you think that the minimum wage should be $8.25 an hour, should be less than $8.25 an hour, or should be more than $8.25 an hour?
                     SUPPORT INCREASE Q40
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Exactly $8.25        39%    38%    40%
Less than $8.25       5      6      3
More than $8.25      54     54     55
DK/NA                 2      2      2
 
 
41a. (COMBINED Q40 & Q41)Would you support or oppose raising the minimum wage in New Jersey, which is now $7.25 an hour? IF SUPPORT: Do you think that the minimum wage should be $8.25 an hour, should be less than $8.25 an hour, or should be more than $8.25 an hour?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Increase to $8.25    32%    31%    32%    36%    28%    36%    34%    29%    30%
Increase < $8.25      4      5      3      4      5      3      5      -      1
Increase > $8.25     45     30     59     39     41     49     39     68     55
Oppose increase      16     30      4     18     23      9     18      3     14
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      3      4      4      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Increase to $8.25    31%    33%    31%    35%    33%    44%    29%    29%    35%
Increase < $8.25      4      4      3      5      5      6      5      3      3
Increase > $8.25     41     47     50     43     41     40     45     49     41
Oppose increase      19     14     12     15     19      9     18     17     16
DK/NA                 5      2      3      2      3      1      3      3      6
 
                                          Philly        Union
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHld
 
Increase to $8.25    31%    33%    32%    33%    32%    30%
Increase < $8.25      4      3      3      6      3      5
Increase > $8.25     55     46     41     40     43     48
Oppose increase       8     13     22     17     19     14
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      3      3
 
 
42. Do you think small businesses will reduce the number of people they hire if the minimum wage is raised, or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  40%    49%    30%    44%    41%    39%    39%    38%    47%
No                   55     47     63     51     55     54     56     55     49
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      3      7      5      7      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  39%    41%    46%    36%    37%    49%    38%    39%    38%
No                   56     54     47     61     59     48     59     57     52
DK/NA                 5      5      7      3      4      3      3      5     10
 
                                          Philly        Union
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHld
 
Yes                  35%    41%    35%    41%    44%    38%
No                   57     53     60     55     53     57
DK/NA                 8      6      5      4      3      4
 
 

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