January 31, 2013 - Quinnipiac University Poll Finding Near 100% Support For Wider Background Checks For Gun-Buyers

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Quinnipiac University polls conducted since the Newtown massacre are finding more than 90 percent of voters in three states surveyed so far, including voters in households where there is a gun, support background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.

Polls of voters in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in January by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University show:
  • Virginia, January 10: 92 - 7 percent in favor of "requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows," including 91 - 7 percent among voters in gun households;
  • New Jersey, January 24: 96 - 3 percent on the same question, including 95 - 5 percent in gun households;
  • Pennsylvania, January 30: 95 - 5 percent support "requiring background checks for all gun buyers" (note change in question), including 95 - 4 percent in gun households.
These surveys found support, by smaller margins, for armed police in schools:
  • 66 - 29 percent for armed police in Virginia;
  • 50 - 44 percent for armed police in New Jersey;
  • 46 - 42 percent in Pennsylvania that armed guards would be more effective in reducing gun violence in schools than stricter gun laws.
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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26. (VA, Jan 10 2013) Would you favor or oppose requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                92%    94%    94%    91%    88%    95%    91%    94%
Oppose                7      4      6      8      9      4      7      6
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      3      -      2      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                95%    90%    90%    92%    96%    93%    94%    92%    88%
Oppose                4      8      9      7      3      6      5      6     11
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      2      1      2      1
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                94%    94%    92%    88%    91%    95%    89%
Oppose                5      6      7      9      8      4      9
DK/NA                 2      -      2      3      1      1      2
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                91%    94%    94%    94%
Oppose                7      5      5      5
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1
 
 
31. (NJ, Jan 24 2013) 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      -      -
 
 
 
17. (PA, Jan 30 2013) Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              95%    94%    96%    94%    94%    96%    96%    90%
Oppose                5      5      3      5      6      3      4     10
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              97%    94%    94%    95%    98%    97%    95%    94%
Oppose                3      5      5      5      2      3      5      5
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     AREA...............  GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Urban  Suburb Rural  Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Support              93%    96%    94%    95%    94%    95%    94%
Oppose                6      4      5      4      5      4      6
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      -
 
 
 
20. (PA, Jan 30 2013) Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools, having stricter gun laws or armed guards in schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Stricter gun laws    42%    19%    66%    36%    36%    48%    40%    58%
Armed guards         46     69     27     52     53     40     49     28
DK/NA                12     12      7     13     11     12     11     14
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS.......
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Stricter gun laws    52%    38%    41%    40%    50%    36%    39%    48%
Armed guards         38     50     49     46     45     53     50     41
DK/NA                11     12     10     14      5     11     11     11
 
                     AREA...............  GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Urban  Suburb Rural  Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Stricter gun laws    51%    47%    29%    24%    58%    37%    37%
Armed guards         38     42     58     64     32     55     53
DK/NA                11     11     12     12     11      8     10
 
 
 
31. (VA, Jan 10 2013) Do you favor or oppose placing an armed police officer in public schools in Virginia?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                66%    79%    58%    61%    65%    68%    64%    74%
Oppose               29     18     38     35     31     28     31     23
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      4      4      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                52%    75%    72%    66%    58%    69%    71%    67%    57%
Oppose               43     21     24     30     38     29     27     28     36
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      4      2      2      5      7
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                56%    74%    66%    74%    70%    61%    70%
Oppose               40     22     29     22     27     35     25
DK/NA                 4      4      5      4      3      4      5
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                73%    60%    70%    73%
Oppose               24     37     27     25
DK/NA                 4      4      3      2
 
 
 
37. (NJ, Jan 24 2013) 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
 
 

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