Since the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, Americans’ desire for their Second Amendment rights show no signs of weakening. President Obama ignored a change in gun policy in his State of the Union speech, but the White House promised on January 27 that Obama would unveil a push for more gun control in the coming weeks. This push for more gun control from the White House has yet to happen.
A poll conducted by Zogby International just ten days after the President’s State of the Union speech shows that, if anything, voters have become more supportive of their Second Amendment rights. The poll surveyed 10,000 likely voters and was commissioned by ATI-News and The O’Leary Report.
For polling purposes, all 10,000 voters were divided into three camps: 1) Red states that did not vote for Obama in 2008 and are unlikely to do so in 2012; 2) Blue states that did not vote for McCain in 2008 and are unlikely to vote GOP in 2012; and 3) The following battleground “Green” states that could go either way in 2012: FL, IN, IA, MI, MO, NH, NM, NC, OH, PA, VA, and WI.
Voters were asked: “Please tell us if gun laws in America are adequate, too harsh, or too lenient for law-abiding citizens.”
An overwhelming 75% of voters think that gun laws are either adequate or too harsh for law-abiding citizens (33% think gun laws are too harsh). Also, 57% of Democratic voters consider gun laws to be adequate or too harsh, and only 36% think they’re too lenient.
Among the various state categories, 79% of Red state voters say gun laws are adequate or too harsh for law-abiding Americans, as do 77% of Green state voters and 70% of Blue state voters. Even 63% of voters who have never owned a gun agree that gun laws are either adequate or too harsh.
Voters were also asked if they support or oppose notifying citizens who have been placed on the federal “no-fly” list of their status and giving them an opportunity to challenge the listing, as a number of federal agencies are attempting to block those listed from purchasing or owning firearms.
Eighty-five percent of Red state voters support notifying citizens and giving them an opportunity to challenge and be removed from the “no-fly” list, as do 86% of Green and Blue state voters. Among Democratic voters, 84% support allowing citizens an opportunity to challenge a listing and be removed so that they may exercise their Second Amendment rights unimpeded by federal agencies. So do 83% of voters who have never owned a firearm.