We often run stories in The Shooter’s Log that point out what anti-gun politicians are doing in some states, and those politicians richly deserve the opprobrium Cheaper Than Dirt! commenters heap on them. But more worrisome is: What if anti-gun pols are merely doing what their constituencies want?
For example: The results of a poll released last week show between 2:1 and 3:1 majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry. The joint survey, conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, Roanoke College in Virginia and Siena College in New York, shows that 74 percent of New Jersey voters favor establishing a national gun registry. The survey shows that 68 percent of New York voters agree with that, as do 63 percent of Virginia voters.
NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told Emily Miller at the Washington Times that the poll appears skewed.
“Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals. The poll does seem skewed with too many liberals and Democrats.”
The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College in Virginia, The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University in New Jersey and The Siena College Research Institute in New York jointly conducted the Roanoke/Rutgers-Eagleton/Siena College Study Feb. 22-28, 2014. None of the colleges said they asked respondents their voting-party affiliations. They asked to “speak to the youngest male in the household over the age of 18,” and they preceded the questions with this statement: “In answering the following questions, imagine that you are a United States Senator and today you must cast a vote either in favor of or opposed to each of the following hypothetically proposed laws, policies or amendments.”
The pollsters then asked questions about legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states and if standardized tests should be used to assess public school quality. The third scripted question asked if the respondent was in favor of or opposed to “establishing a national gun registry.”