January 10, 2013 - Virginia Voters Want Armed Cops In Schools, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Frustrated By Fiscal Cliff Deal

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Virginia voters come down on both sides of the gun control issues as they support 66 - 29 percent placing an armed police officer in every school, while they also support 60 - 36 percent limiting gun purchases to one per month, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By an overwhelming 92 - 7 percent, Virginia voters support background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. But 50 percent say gun ownership helps protect people from crime, while 41 percent say it puts people at risk.

Voters disapprove 46 - 41 percent of the agreement in Washington to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." They are frustrated rather than relieved by the deal struck by President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress, voters say 55 - 37 percent.

Gun control laws in Virginia should be more strict, 49 percent of registered voters say, while 6 percent say less strict and 42 percent feel laws should remain the same. That compares to an August poll in which 44 percent of voters wanted stricter laws, while 44 percent wanted laws to remain the same, with 9 percent saying laws should be less strict.

"Virginians, by a slight margin, are in favor of more gun control, but they don't seem to fit nicely into either camp in the gun debate following the Newtown school massacre," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There has been a small increase in the number favoring tougher gun control, but it is not large. Moreover, the idea of stationing armed police in public schools, which many nationally have ridiculed, is favored by two out of three Virginians."

"The data indicates that gun control is the ultimate geographic issue. Voters in rural areas are the least supportive of gun control while suburbanites and city residents are more likely to favor it," said Brown.

On the basic gun control question, 61 percent of urban residents, 49 percent of suburban residents and 40 percent of rural residents think the laws should be stricter.

Virginia voter opinion on a variety of gun-related issues is:
  • 58 - 39 percent support for a national ban on assault weapons;
  • 59 - 37 percent support for banning high capacity ammunition magazines;
  • 62 - 27 percent that allowing people to own assault weapons makes the country more dangerous;
  • 64 - 24 percent that if they agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of guns, they could still vote for that candidate;
  • 66 - 31 percent oppose allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom;
  • 59 - 33 percent that the National Rifle Assn. is more concerned with protecting gun-owners' rights than in protecting gun-makers' profits.
Looking for the most effective way to prevent mass shootings at schools:
  • 29 percent say increase government spending on mental health;
  • 27 percent say increase police presence at schools;
  • 24 percent say ban assault weapons;
  • 16 percent say reduce gun violence on television, in movies and video games.
Virginia voters approve 52 - 44 percent of the job President Obama is doing, unchanged from a November 14 Quinnipiac University poll.

By a similar 52 - 44 percent margin, voters say the president showed leadership during the fiscal negotiations and by a 50 - 21 percent margin, voters say Obama did a better job in the negotiations than Republicans in Congress.

Change the military to reduce federal spending, 45 percent of Virginia voters say, with 20 percent calling for changes in Medicare and 15 percent looking to reform Social Security.

From January 4 - 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,134 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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.

For more information or RSS feed, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              52%     9%    93%    46%    46%    58%    40%    91%
Disapprove           44     88      4     50     51     38     56      5
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      3      4      3      4
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              49%    35%    32%    37%    36%    45%    21%    40%
Disapprove           49     61     64     63     62     51     76     55
DK/NA                 2      5      4      1      2      4      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              57%    49%    57%    52%    48%    61%    50%    51%    49%
Disapprove           41     46     39     45     51     33     46     47     49
DK/NA                 2      4      4      4      1      6      4      2      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 52% Nov 2012)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 10  Nov 14  Jul 19  Jun 07  Mar 20  Jan 10  Sep 15
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2012    2013*   2011
 
Approve              52      52      45      48      49      52      40
Disapprove           44      44      51      47      47      44      54
DK/NA                 3       4       4       5       4       3       6
 
 
14. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        8%    12%     6%    10%    11%     6%    10%     2%
Smwht satisfied      57     61     59     52     61     54     55     63
Smwht dissatisfied   24     16     26     27     19     29     24     25
Very dissatisfied    10     11      9     11      9     11     10      9
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Virginia today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Jan 10  Nov 15  Feb 09  Dec 22  Oct 12  Sep 14  Jun 29
                     2013    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Very satisfied        8      10      11      11      10      13      11
Smwht satisfied      57      57      55      53      56      55      57
Smwht dissatisfied   24      22      25      23      24      24      23
Very dissatisfied    10      11       9      11       9       7       8
DK/NA                 1       1       1       2       1       1       1
 
 
15. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Barack Obama as president?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Optimistic           57%    16%    95%    53%    49%    64%    47%    88%
Pessimistic          40     80      3     45     48     32     50      7
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      2      4      3      5
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Optimistic           53%    44%    38%    44%    40%    54%    28%    49%
Pessimistic          46     53     58     55     58     42     67     49
DK/NA                 2      3      4      -      1      4      5      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Optimistic           61%    55%    61%    59%    51%    72%    59%    53%    49%
Pessimistic          37     41     34     39     46     27     39     44     44
DK/NA                 2      4      5      2      3      1      2      3      7
 
TREND: Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Barack Obama as president?
                     Jan 10  Nov 14
                     2013    2012
 
Optimistic           57      58
Pessimistic          40      39
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
16. By the end of Barack Obama's second term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               43%     9%    81%    33%    36%    49%    34%    74%
Worse                29     61      1     29     34     25     37      3
About the same       26     29     17     36     29     24     27     21
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      2      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               42%    29%    28%    29%    28%    39%    16%    39%
Worse                32     40     45     37     40     34     56     35
About the same       26     28     24     33     30     25     26     25
DK/NA                 1      3      3      -      2      2      3      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Better               48%    39%    44%    43%    44%    42%    42%    43%    42%
Worse                25     32     27     29     29     21     28     32     34
About the same       26     27     27     27     26     35     27     23     21
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      1      1      2      1      3
 
TREND: By the end of Barack Obama's second term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Jan 10  Nov 14
                     2013    2012
 
Better               43      51
Worse                29      31
About the same       26      16
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 
17. Next, I'd like to ask you about the agreement reached by the president and Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff. Based on what you have heard or read about this agreement, do you approve or disapprove of it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    21%    65%    35%    41%    42%    36%    61%
Disapprove           46     69     20     54     52     40     52     21
DK/NA                13      9     15     11      7     18     12     18
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    32%    29%    33%    34%    37%    20%    36%
Disapprove           47     56     59     55     58     47     68     51
DK/NA                11     13     12     12      7     16     13     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    39%    43%    40%    44%    45%    37%    42%    42%
Disapprove           43     47     42     47     48     34     49     49     46
DK/NA                11     14     15     13      8     21     14      9     12
 
 
18. Do you feel mostly relieved that an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff has been reached, or mostly frustrated about the outcome of the negotiations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Relieved             37%    22%    59%    31%    33%    40%    31%    59%
Frustrated           55     73     32     62     62     49     62     29
DK/NA                 8      5      9      7      5     11      7     12
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Relieved             35%    29%    27%    38%    27%    35%    21%    34%
Frustrated           61     63     65     55     69     55     70     60
DK/NA                 4      8      8      7      3     10      9      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Relieved             37%    37%    40%    34%    36%    50%    40%    32%    29%
Frustrated           57     54     48     59     60     39     53     63     59
DK/NA                 6      9     12      7      4     11      7      5     12
 
 
19. During the recent fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington, do you think Barack Obama has shown strong qualities of leadership, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  52%    14%    87%    48%    45%    59%    41%    91%
No                   44     83      9     48     51     37     55      6
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      4      4      4      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  46%    38%    35%    37%    35%    47%    23%    44%
No                   51     57     61     59     61     49     71     53
DK/NA                 3      5      4      4      4      4      6      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  56%    50%    57%    51%    49%    55%    53%    53%    47%
No                   42     45     37     45     49     37     43     45     50
DK/NA                 2      5      6      4      2      8      5      2      3
 
 
20. Do you think the recent disagreements in Washington about avoiding the fiscal cliff were mostly about doing what was best for the country or mostly about gaining political advantage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Best for country     18%     9%    34%    10%    17%    19%    10%    41%
Political advantage  74     86     56     84     76     73     82     52
BOTH (VOL)            3      1      4      1      3      3      2      4
NEITHER (VOL)         1      1      1      1      1      1      -      1
DK/NA                 4      3      5      3      3      5      5      2
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Best for country      9%    11%    11%    10%     9%    12%    11%    10%
Political advantage  86     79     83     81     85     79     83     83
BOTH (VOL)            2      2      2      2      2      3      2      3
NEITHER (VOL)         -      1      -      1      1      -      -      -
DK/NA                 2      7      5      5      3      7      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Best for country     12%    21%    22%    20%    12%    20%    20%    16%    17%
Political advantage  82     70     67     75     82     68     71     79     75
BOTH (VOL)            3      2      3      3      3      4      4      2      2
NEITHER (VOL)         1      1      -      -      1      -      2      1      1
DK/NA                 2      6      8      1      2      8      3      3      6
 
 
21. Who do you think did a better job handling negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                50%    12%    88%    47%    46%    54%    41%    86%
Reps in Congress     21     45      3     20     23     19     26      3
BOTH (VOL)            2      3      2      2      3      2      2      3
NEITHER (VOL)        20     35      2     26     25     16     24      5
DK/NA                 7      5      6      6      3      9      7      3
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Obama                50%    35%    33%    36%    38%    44%    22%    43%
Reps in Congress     20     30     29     34     28     24     39     24
BOTH (VOL)            2      2      2      5      2      2      2      2
NEITHER (VOL)        22     24     27     19     28     20     29     22
DK/NA                 6      8      8      5      4     11      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Obama                56%    47%    54%    49%    49%    54%    51%    49%    48%
Reps in Congress     16     23     21     18     20     17     17     22     27
BOTH (VOL)            2      2      1      3      3      1      3      2      1
NEITHER (VOL)        20     21     14     23     24     14     24     23     18
DK/NA                 6      7      9      7      4     14      5      5      5
 
 
22. As you may know, the largest items in the federal budget are the military, Social Security, and Medicare, the government health insurance program for seniors. If you had to choose one, which of the following programs would you be willing to change in order to cut spending: Medicare, Social Security, or the military?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Medicare             20%    33%    11%    19%    23%    18%    20%    13%
Social Security      15     25      8     15     15     16     18     10
The Military         45     21     66     46     45     44     41     53
DK/NA                20     22     15     21     17     22     20     24
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Medicare             21%    20%    22%    24%    24%    17%    25%    20%
Social Security      21     16     18     29     19     17     19     21
The Military         48     37     34     31     42     41     27     38
DK/NA                10     27     27     16     16     24     29     21
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Medicare             21%    20%    15%    24%    26%    25%    19%    21%    15%
Social Security      18     14     13     16     19     19     18     15     11
The Military         51     40     46     49     42     44     47     45     40
DK/NA                10     25     26     11     13     12     16     19     34
 
 
23. Do you think the laws covering the sale of guns in Virginia should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More strict          49%    22%    80%    40%    39%    58%    43%    72%
Less strict           6     10      1      5      8      4      6      4
Kept the same        42     66     15     50     50     34     48     20
DK/NA                 4      2      4      5      3      4      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
More strict          53%    47%    49%    48%    51%    42%    47%    50%    57%
Less strict           4      7      6      6      7      7      7      6      3
Kept the same        40     43     41     44     38     46     41     42     36
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      3      5      5      2      4
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
More strict          57%    57%    43%    39%    61%    49%    40%
Less strict           4      7      5      8      3      5      8
Kept the same        35     34     48     51     33     41     49
DK/NA                 5      3      4      2      3      5      3
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
More strict          32%    68%    48%    50%
Less strict           9      2      7      7
Kept the same        58     24     42     38
DK/NA                 2      6      4      5
 
TREND: Do you think the laws covering the sale of guns in Virginia should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
                     Jan 10  Aug 08
                     2013    2012
 
More strict          49      44
Less strict           6       9
Kept the same        42      44
DK/NA                 4       4
 
 
24. 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
 
Favor                59%    46%    79%    55%    48%    70%    57%    69%
Oppose               37     51     18     41     49     26     39     28
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      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                64%    57%    60%    61%    60%    57%    52%    61%    68%
Oppose               33     40     36     37     38     40     44     36     28
DK/NA                 3      4      4      2      2      3      3      3      4
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                65%    62%    58%    49%    66%    62%    52%
Oppose               32     36     38     48     31     35     44
DK/NA                 3      2      4      4      2      3      4
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                47%    74%    57%    56%
Oppose               49     24     40     41
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3
 
 
25. Would you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on assault weapons?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                58%    41%    81%    52%    47%    67%    54%    72%
Oppose               39     55     17     42     51     27     42     25
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      2      5      5      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                62%    55%    60%    58%    56%    50%    50%    61%    70%
Oppose               35     41     37     39     40     45     48     35     26
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      4      5      2      4      4
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                60%    59%    58%    52%    67%    56%    53%
Oppose               36     35     39     46     29     39     43
DK/NA                 4      5      3      3      3      4      4
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                45%    73%    55%    56%
Oppose               51     25     42     41
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3
 
 
26. 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
 
 
27. Would you favor or oppose limiting gun purchases to one per month in Virginia?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                60%    42%    79%    60%    52%    67%    56%    74%
Oppose               36     56     18     35     46     28     40     23
DK/NA                 4      2      3      5      3      4      3      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                65%    57%    62%    60%    60%    60%    57%    61%    62%
Oppose               32     39     34     37     36     37     39     36     32
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      4      3      4      2      6
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                61%    60%    62%    54%    64%    62%    54%
Oppose               34     35     36     44     32     34     43
DK/NA                 5      5      2      1      3      4      3
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                47%    75%    56%    57%
Oppose               51     20     41     40
DK/NA                 2      5      3      3
 
 
28. 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
 
Protects people      50%    77%    27%    55%    60%    42%    57%    36%
Puts people at risk  41     16     66     36     34     47     34     56
DK/NA                 9      7      7      9      6     11      8      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Protects people      44%    54%    49%    52%    48%    49%    52%    53%    45%
Puts people at risk  48     37     41     39     44     43     40     39     43
DK/NA                 9      9     10      9      8      9      8      8     12
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Protects people      41%    50%    54%    60%    41%    48%    60%
Puts people at risk  52     41     37     30     51     43     31
DK/NA                 7      9      9     10      8      9      9
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Protects people      68%    32%    53%    55%
Puts people at risk  26     58     38     36
DK/NA                 7     10      9      8
 
 
29. Do you think allowing citizens to own assault weapons makes the country safer or more dangerous?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Safer                27%    43%     9%    29%    36%    18%    30%    13%
More dangerous       62     41     87     56     51     72     56     82
DK/NA                11     15      4     15     13     10     13      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Safer                23%    29%    23%    28%    28%    29%    31%    28%    16%
More dangerous       66     60     66     62     60     60     56     62     73
DK/NA                11     12     11     10     12     10     13     10     11
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Safer                28%    23%    27%    30%    19%    28%    32%
More dangerous       62     69     60     56     73     62     54
DK/NA                 9      8     14     14      8     11     14
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Safer                39%    12%    29%    30%
More dangerous       46     81     58     59
DK/NA                14      7     13     11
 
 
30. 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
 
Yes                  64%    65%    68%    62%    62%    66%    64%    66%
No                   24     24     23     25     28     20     23     24
DK/NA                12     12      9     13     10     14     13     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  73%    59%    60%    68%    73%    73%    67%    61%    56%
No                   19     27     28     23     19     18     22     27     27
DK/NA                 8     14     12      9      8      9     11     11     17
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  72%    66%    62%    55%    62%    71%    58%
No                   21     23     24     30     24     20     28
DK/NA                 7     12     14     15     15      9     14
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Yes                  60%    70%    71%    70%
No                   28     19     19     21
DK/NA                12     11     10     10
 
 
31. 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
 
 
32. Do you favor or oppose allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                31%    54%    11%    30%    38%    25%    35%    13%
Oppose               66     44     86     67     60     71     61     85
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      2      4      3      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favor                27%    33%    30%    31%    31%    26%    34%    35%    23%
Oppose               71     64     66     67     68     72     65     61     71
DK/NA                 2      3      4      2      -      2      1      4      6
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Favor                22%    28%    33%    43%    26%    27%    38%
Oppose               77     69     63     52     70     71     58
DK/NA                 -      3      4      5      3      2      4
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Favor                42%    18%    34%    31%
Oppose               55     79     65     68
DK/NA                 3      3      1      1
 
 
33. 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
 
Ban assault weapons  24%    14%    41%    16%    20%    28%    20%    36%
Police at schools    27     38     20     23     35     20     26     26
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     16     25     10     17     14     18     19      7
Spending on
 mental health       29     19     26     38     26     31     30     27
DK/NA                 5      3      3      6      5      4      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Ban assault weapons  26%    23%    22%    25%    29%    26%    23%    24%    24%
Police at schools    21     30     30     26     23     35     29     25     18
Decrease violent     
 TV/Movies/Games     15     16     17     19     12      7     14     18     23
Spending on          
 mental health       33     26     28     27     29     31     28     29     27
DK/NA                 5      4      3      3      7      1      6      4      8
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Ban assault weapons  32%    28%    20%    16%    30%    26%    18%
Police at schools    19     31     28     31     23     24     33
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     16      9     17     22     12     16     19
Spending on
 mental health       29     27     30     27     30     31     25
DK/NA                 5      5      5      3      6      3      5
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Ban assault weapons  14%    35%    25%    25%
Police at schools    34     19     28     31
Decrease violent
 TV/Movies/Games     17     14     12     10
Spending on
 mental health       30     28     29     27
DK/NA                 5      4      6      7
 
 
34. 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
 
Rights/Gun-owners    59%    83%    39%    60%    63%    55%    64%    43%
Profits/Gun-makers   33     11     52     31     30     36     28     50
DK/NA                 9      6      9      8      8      9      8      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Rights/Gun-owners    55%    61%    56%    56%    61%    49%    58%    63%    60%
Profits/Gun-makers   37     30     34     36     34     38     36     30     29
DK/NA                 8      9     10      8      6     12      6      7     11
 
                                   East/  West/  AREA...............
                     North  SthEst Rchmnd Shndh  Urban  Suburb Rural
 
Rights/Gun-owners    53%    54%    64%    63%    51%    57%    67%
Profits/Gun-makers   38     38     28     28     41     34     26
DK/NA                 9      8      9      9      8     10      7
 
                     GUN HSHOLD    HAVE KIDS......
                     Yes    No     <18    InPubSch
 
Rights/Gun-owners    69%    48%    60%    60%
Profits/Gun-makers   23     44     32     33
DK/NA                 8      9      8      7
 
 

Demographic Summary