March 6, 2013 - Connecticut Voters Back Most Gun Measures 2-1 Or More, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 93% Want Background Checks For All Gun Buyers

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By margins of 2-1 or more, Connecticut voters support most gun-control measures, with support for universal background checks at 93 - 6 percent, including 89 - 9 percent among voters in households where there are guns, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters support stricter statewide gun-control laws 66 - 30 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Support for specific measures includes:
  • 68 - 28 percent back an expansion of the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons. Gun owners are opposed 49 - 44 percent;
  • 68 - 28 percent back a ban on the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds. Gun owners are divided 49 - 48 percent;
  • 72 - 27 percent back registration of all handguns, with annual renewal. Gun owners are divided with 48 percent in favor and 50 percent opposed;
  • 63 - 31 percent, including 50 - 46 percent among gun owners, favor limiting handgun purchases to one per month;
  • 85 - 14 percent, including 71 - 28 percent among gun owners, back a permit requirement to purchase and carry all guns;
  • 86 - 11 percent, including 85 - 12 percent among gun owners, favor a gun offender registry for those convicted of gun crimes;
  • 76 - 19 percent, including 65 - 32 percent among gun owners, back stricter gun storage requirements;
  • 50 - 43 percent back mandatory liability insurance for gun owners, who oppose this measure 71 - 26 percent.
"In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, there is overwhelming support among Connecticut voters for strengthening the state's gun laws. It is remarkable how bipartisan the support is for some of the most talked-about gun-control measures. Universal background checks tops the list with 93 percent support, higher than we've ever seen for any issue in 20 years of Connecticut surveys," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"Interestingly, Republican voters are divided 45 - 48 percent on the general question, 'Do you support or oppose stricter gun-control laws in Connecticut.' They support, however, most of the specific measures," Dr. Schwartz added.

The Newtown tragedy makes them more likely to support gun-control, 54 percent of Connecticut voters say, while 43 percent say it makes no difference.

Voters are divided on a proposal to prohibit people convicted of drunk driving from owning guns, with 45 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Voters also are divided on a proposed ban on children under 18 playing violent point- and-shoot video games in public arcades, with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Voters do support 54 - 41 percent placing armed police officers in public schools in the state.

Connecticut voters are divided on the way Gov. Dannel Malloy is handling gun policy, with 41 percent approving and 38 percent disapproving. Approval is 58 - 19 percent among Democrats, while disapproval is 55 - 30 percent among Republicans and 43 - 35 percent among independent voters.

Gov. Malloy is moving too quickly on gun-control, 33 percent of voters say, while 17 percent say he is not moving quickly enough and 42 percent say his pace is about right.

Voters also say 54 - 39 percent that Democrats and Republicans in the State Legislature will not be able to work together to reduce gun violence in Connecticut.

By a 42 - 20 percent margin, voters are more likely rather than less likely to back a state legislator who votes for stricter gun control. Another 35 percent say this won't affect their vote.

"Connecticut voters are not optimistic that Democratic and Republican elected officials can or will act together to reduce gun violence," Schwartz said. "Democrats are optimistic 50 - 43 percent, but Republicans are not, 64 - 32 percent, and independent voters are pessimistic, 58 - 35 percent."

From March 4 - 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,009 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              43%    25%    63%    36%    41%    44%    30%
Disapprove           43     64     22     48     49     37     55
DK/NA                15     12     15     15     10     19     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling his job as Governor?
                                                     APPROVE.......
                                                     High    Low
                     Mar 06  Aug 28  Jun 06  Apr 25  Jun 06  Mar 09
                     2013    2012    2012    2012    2012    2011
                                                             
Approve              43      43      44      37      44      35
Disapprove           43      43      47      44      47      40
DK/NA                15      14       9      19       9      25
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dannel Malloy is handling gun policy?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Approve              41%    30%    58%    35%    35%    48%    28%
Disapprove           38     55     19     43     48     29     52
DK/NA                21     15     23     21     18     23     20
 
 
3. Do you support or oppose stricter gun control laws in Connecticut?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              66%    45%    84%    63%    55%    75%    44%
Oppose               30     48     12     33     40     20     53
DK/NA                 5      7      3      4      5      5      4
 
 
4x. Summary table for questions 4 through 15.
                                                             Support   Oppose
 
(4)  Background checks for all gun buyers                    93%        6%
(5)  Expansion of statewide ban on assault weapons           68        28
(6)  Statewide ban on high-capacity magazines                68        28
(7)  Registration of all handguns with annual renewal        72        27
(8)  Limiting handgun purchases to one per month             63        31
(9)  Requiring a permit to purchase and carry all guns       85        14
(10) Creating a gun offender registry                        86        11
(11) Prohibiting drunk drivers from owning guns              45        48
(12) Stricter gun storage requirements                       76        19
(13) Requiring gun owners to buy liability insurance         50        43
(14) Prohibiting kids <18 from violent video games in arcades46        48
(15) Placing an armed police officer in public schools in CT 54        41
 
 
4. (INTRO q4-q15: Do you support or oppose the following laws in Connecticut?) Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              93%    91%    96%    92%    90%    96%    89%
Oppose                6      7      3      8      9      3      9
DK/NA                 1      1      2      -      1      1      1
 
 
5. Do you support or oppose expanding the statewide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              68%    51%    85%    63%    56%    79%    44%
Oppose               28     43     10     33     41     16     49
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      4      5      7
 
 
6. Do you support or oppose a statewide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              68%    56%    85%    63%    56%    80%    49%
Oppose               28     40     11     35     42     16     48
DK/NA                 3      4      5      2      2      5      3
 
 
7. Do you support or oppose requiring registration of all handguns with annual renewal?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              72%    62%    88%    66%    59%    84%    48%
Oppose               27     36     12     32     40     14     50
DK/NA                 2      3      -      2      1      2      1
 
 
8. Do you support or oppose limiting handgun purchases to one per month?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              63%    56%    73%    61%    57%    69%    50%
Oppose               31     37     22     33     38     24     46
DK/NA                 6      7      5      5      4      7      4
 
 
9. Do you support or oppose requiring a permit to purchase and carry all guns?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              85%    83%    94%    81%    76%    93%    71%
Oppose               14     17      5     18     23      7     28
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
10. Do you support or oppose creating a gun offender registry for those convicted of crimes using a firearm?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              86%    87%    88%    85%    87%    85%    85%
Oppose               11     10      9     12     12      9     12
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      1      6      3
 
 
11. Do you support or oppose prohibiting people convicted of drunk driving from owning guns?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              45%    35%    51%    45%    34%    54%    35%
Oppose               48     57     42     49     60     37     58
DK/NA                 7      8      7      7      6      9      7
 
 
12. Do you support or oppose having stricter gun storage requirements?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              76%    66%    89%    72%    68%    83%    65%
Oppose               19     28      8     23     28     11     32
DK/NA                 5      6      3      5      3      6      3
 
 
13. Do you support or oppose requiring gun owners to buy liability insurance?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              50%    35%    65%    49%    37%    63%    26%
Oppose               43     58     29     46     57     31     71
DK/NA                 6      8      7      5      5      7      3
 
 
14. Do you support or oppose prohibiting children under 18 from playing violent point-and-shoot video games in public arcades?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              46%    46%    52%    43%    36%    56%    41%
Oppose               48     49     42     52     61     37     57
DK/NA                 5      5      6      5      3      7      2
 
 
15. Do you support or oppose placing an armed police officer in public schools in Connecticut?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Support              54%    56%    50%    55%    53%    55%    58%
Oppose               41     37     46     41     43     40     38
DK/NA                 5      7      4      4      4      6      3
 
 
16. Do you think Governor Malloy is trying to change the state's gun laws too quickly, not quickly enough, or at about the right pace?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Too quickly          33%    50%    12%    39%    46%    20%    53%
Not quickly enough   17      7     22     18     10     23      5
About right          42     35     54     36     36     47     32
DK/NA                 9      7     12      7      8     10     10
 
 
17. If your state legislator votes for stricter gun control laws in Connecticut, would you be more likely to vote for that person, less likely to vote for that person, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
More likely          42%    27%    59%    36%    32%    52%    19%
Less likely          20     29      6     24     29     12     41
No difference        35     41     31     37     38     33     37
DK/NA                 3      3      4      3      2      4      3
 
 
18. Do you think Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature will be able to work together to reduce gun violence in Connecticut or don't you think so?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Yes/Work together    39%    32%    50%    35%    34%    44%    31%
No/Don't think so    54     64     43     58     61     48     64
DK/NA                 7      4      7      7      5      8      5
 
 
19. Thinking about the school shootings in Newtown, would you say this incident has made you more likely to support stricter gun control laws, less likely to support stricter gun control laws, or made no difference in your opinion about gun control laws?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
More likely          54%    46%    66%    48%    44%    62%    38%
Less likely           3      5      1      4      3      3      6
No difference        43     49     33     46     52     34     56
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      1      1
 
 
19a. Thinking about the school shootings in Newtown, would you say this incident has made you more likely to support some forms of gun control, less likely to support some forms of gun control, or made no difference in your opinion on gun control? COMBINED WITH: (If more likely/less likely) Is that much more/less likely or somewhat more/less likely?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Much more likely     36%    28%    48%    31%    25%    47%    23%
Somewhat more likely 17     17     18     18     19     15     15
Somewhat less likely  1      3      1      2      2      1      2
Much less likely      1      2      -      2      2      1      4
No difference        43     49     33     46     52     34     56
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1
 
 
20. Do you think that stricter state gun control laws will help Connecticut's economy, hurt Connecticut's economy, or not make a difference?
                                                               Gun
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    HsHlds
 
Help                  6%     4%     9%     4%     3%     8%     3%
Hurt                 25     38     11     30     36     16     47
No difference        65     56     76     62     57     71     47
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      3      5      3
 
 
20x. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  27%    36%    18%    29%    35%    20%
No                   67     55     80     65     58     76
DK/NA                 5      9      2      6      7      4
 
 
 

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