Quinnipiac Poll Shows Broad Support For Gun Controls

The poll by Quinnipiac University shows voters support a ban on assault weapons and that even gun owners are split on the issue of weapons control.


By margins of 2-1 or more, Connecticut voters support most including universal background checks (93–6 percent), a new Quinnipiac University poll released today shows. 

Voters support stricter statewide gun-control laws, 66–30 percent, the independent poll finds. The poll shows support for specific measures including:

  • 68–28 percent back expanding 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

“In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, there is overwhelming support among Connecticut voters for strengthening the state’s gun laws,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “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.”

“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,” 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. 

Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Glad they are not overreaching to cross and compound bows. Next they will try and control the number of bolts and arrows you can carry in a quiver even though they are both single shot.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 07, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Speaking of crossbows... http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/030613.jpg
Bill Hillman March 07, 2013 at 05:07 AM
These results clearly show bias in the selected population. The results for gun owners are especially telling and diverges from reality. The bias means nothing to the left wing, they will use this propaganda much the way Malloy refuses to let any opposition speak at his staged sham town hall meetings
Ann March 07, 2013 at 12:03 PM
I have no guns nor have I ever thought of getting one. However, I don't agree with changing gun laws other than better background checks, stricter laws for gun storage and bigger penalties for any crime using a gun. I don't care what the polls say, the gun loving Southern Democrats will never vote much change relative to gun control. Republicans won't even have to force the issue and the Democrats won't be able to blame it on the Republicans. Good news as far as I'm concerned.
Donald Borsch Jr. March 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Ann, Could you tell me what you desire in regard to "better background checks"? Have you seen the ATF Form 4473, which is mandatory to be filled out for firearm purchase? Answer when you can. I look forward to seeing your suggestions, if you have them. I would be loathe to think you are merely saying you want something based on the rhetoric of the old media. That has never ended well for any of us.
gerard March 08, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Connecticut was a traitor during the American Revolution with a high percentage of it's citizens siding with the redcoats. So what's different now?
Ann March 08, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Donald, as I said, I don't have a gun so, of course, I don't know much about the form to get one. If no gun reforms are made, I'll be fine -- just thought there MIGHT be room for using mental health or other issues (not DUI conviction) as reasons for denial. Maybe that's already in there. I am not claiming to be an expert or even knowledgeable on the subject. You didn't say what you think about stricter laws for crimes using a gun or stricter laws for gun storage. You seem to be a gun user so maybe you have some suggestions on those topics? Personally, I agree with you -- why bother changing gun laws and if no laws change I'll be fine with it. Obama is acting like he's for gun reform but he knows it's never going to happen (and, if so, just some minimal changes will be voted in). I guess you think I'm an idiot for feeling there's basically no need to change the gun laws? Or could it be you don't like me saying it's going to be the gun loving Southern democrats who prevent any change and I'm glad the Republicans won't be blamed for lack of action? Again, I basically agree -- people should be allowed to have guns.


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