CNN Poll Contains Bad News For Gun Controllers

A new poll recently released from CNN and ORC International makes it clear that a majority of Americans staunchly support their Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Question 2 in the poll got right to the meat of current gun-control efforts: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling gun policy?” 59% disapproved, down slightly from the 64% disapproval number for the question posed May 29 to June 1, 2014.CNN-Poll-Logo Respondents were asked in Question 13: “In your view, do existing laws make it too easy for people to buy guns, too difficult, or are they about right?” Half of respondents (49%) thought laws were “about right.” Another 10% responded that current laws make buying a gun “too difficult.” Combined, that means 59% of Americans are opposed to further restrictions on the Second Amendment.

The survey went on to ask in Question 14: “If gun control laws were changed so that more comprehensive background checks were put in place for all gun purchases, how likely do you think that they would… prevent those with mental health problems from buying guns.” In part A of the question, people could answer “extremely likely,” “very likely,” “somewhat likely,” and “not at all likely.” 56% answered that checks were not at all likely or were only somewhat likely to prevent such sales.

In part B of the question, the poll asked if background checks would prevent convicted criminals from buying guns. 58% thought that checks were not at all likely or only somewhat likely to restrict such sales.

And in part C of the question, 42% of respondents said it was extremely likely or very likely that tougher background checks would make it harder for law-abiding citizens without mental health problems to buy guns.

To conduct the poll, ORC International contacted 1,012 adult Americans by telephone September 4-8, 2015. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is +/-3 percentage points. The sample also included 930 interviews among registered voters. This sample included 612 interviews among landline respondents and 400 interviews among cell phone respondents.

Do these results line up with the opinions in your area?

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Comments (23)

  1. Here in Texas especially outside the major large cities restrictions on guns are viewed as a clear violation of the second amendment.

  2. We don’t need a more restrictive gun control policy … How about an idiot control policy…. I worked In the local gun store and I’m a gun collector never had an issue with the system…. There are rules to selling firearms to customers and every store follows them…. If a man or woman comes in to buy a gun…. You call in to get they’re number and they own child support the cops are on there way…. So how much more restrictive can you make buying a firearm…. Make every firearm a class 3 weapon wait 6 months and 3 days in a mental institution for a evaluation?

  3. As luck would have it, I’m a former felony prosecutor and an attorney. The reason no one has successfully gone after a poltician in court is a pesky ruling of the Supreme Court that says the court willl not deal with “political questions.” So the smart liberal attorneys say “turn the gun debate into a political question and insulate yourself from lawsuits.” Ask me what percentage of lawyers are liberal or law professors. Probably close to 85%. That tells the story.

  4. Let’s do a poll and ask Americans if they know that the murder rate in America has been on a steady decline for the last couple of decades. Or if they know that FBI statistics show that 90% of all gun related instances of self defense result in NO shots being fired. Our if they know that some of the most violent cities in America have the most strict gun control laws.

  5. The polls say what we all know. Unfortunately, those hand-wringing nit wits who hate guns or want to oppress us could care less about public opinion and even less about court precident or the Constitution. We must continue to introduce undecided folks to safe shooting sports and continue to support our pro-gun rights lobbying groups. Longer term, we should suppport conservative candidates who can appoint strict constructionist judges. The impetus for gun control will live on as long as people are governed by emotion over logic. It will live on as long as despots seek to disarm and pacify populations. As free people, it is our right and our duty to oppose all of the above by any legal means available.

    1. I never have understood why honest politicians (if there is such a thing) or a good group of attorneys haven’t gone after all the politicians that regularly violate their oath of office. My wife (an educated LEGAL immigrant) recently became a citizen, and in the handbook given to her from immigration, it states that the constitution is “the supreme law of the land”. And yet the politicians in Washington who all swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, get away with constantly trying to destroy it, redefine it, or just ignore what they don’t want to acknowledge. They are guilty of violating their oath and attempting to dismantle our Bill of Rights. They are anti-American!

  6. What part of “… shall NOT be infringed” do the gun grabbers not understand? No other Amendment in the Bill of Rights is so definitive, so exact, so precise. You worry about crazies getting guns? Make someone (not govt.) responsible for them and when crazies hurt ANYONE, make laws that send crazies AND the one responsible to jail. FOREVER!

  7. Read again initial report. A drop in disapproval means an increase in anti-gun issue. Numbers don’t lie

  8. As others have already said here: the fascist democrats will NEVER stop trying ban guns in the hands of a free people. I know that some here are more “reasonable” than me, but the end game is a docile, controllable population that does what our illegal masters in Mordor on the Potomac (thank you Mike Church). The dictatorial, “I know what is best for 300M people” attitude is everywhere in government. They think our money is just a pool of bucks that they can tap at will and with complete impunity as to its use. They would immediately ban private, civilian ownership of guns if they could get away with it. With the radical supreme court we have now and, if we get another democrat/fascist in the white house, we will be in for 70 years of darkness. The current resident in the White House is shipping in new voters (refugees) that will be able to vote because he can make them citizens with the stupid, wide open refugee laws and they will vote themselves our money and we will have our freedoms restricted. Our only chance now is an article 5 convention.

  9. The intent is not to stop criminals from getting guns, but to stop law-abiding citizens from having guns. Always remember, it’s not about crime.

  10. These Gun Grabbers know the only answer to stop criminals and protect yourself and your families is a Good Guy with a Gun, but the Gun Grabbers only want the Bad Guys to be Armed..!!! Why you say? These Commie/Muslim/NWO/DemoRats/Rino’s want these criminals Armed so they can bring in Martial Law and Enslave “We the People”and destroy the USA..!!! Sorry of the TRUTH hurts! God help us, PLEASE!

    1. I slightly disagree with you, it’s not the ONLY way to stop a bad guy with a gun but the BEST way. We’ve all heard stories of people tackling the bad guy’s gun out of his hand. But believe me I would rather be equally or better armed than the bad guy I’m facing

    2. @uspatriot,
      AMEN MY BROTHER 100% agree a good guy with a gun is most times all that will stop the bad guy with a gun the bad buys in all countries with very strict gun law s still have guns the attacks in france were done with full auto ak 74’s 100% illegal to own or have in france but they had them in country and commited murder on unarmed law abiding french citizens i rest my case on this 1 . You cannot rid the bad guys anywhere in the world from getting them on the black market it is impossible to pull off in any country period. If they want a gun they will get one and prolly much cheaper than what we pay for our legally bought firearms . That is just a fact that cannot be disputed by any anti gunner anywhere in the world.

    3. A State must submit a petition to the U. S. for statehood. Technically, if a State wishes to leave, it would only take a paperwork notice to the U. S. retracting their statehood petition. However, it would take the required majority of State voters to even start that political paperwork process….

  11. Polls mean nothing to those intent upon removing the 2d. Amendment from the Bill of Rights. After all, they believe they are way smarter than us “gun nuts” and the polls merely reflect our paranoid way of thinking. They will never stop. All we can do is to support the NRA and vote, vote, vote.

    1. The poll is also a way to see who have guns, or at least who is leaning towards gun rights. If you answer for gun rights then they know who most likely has them. But if you don’t answer then you run a risk of the gun controllers winning the poll. Your caught between a rock and a hard place. I’ve never heard if the poll until now so I didn’t answer either way lol. But if I had to, I would be for gun rights.

    2. @ Maccabee 2236.

      But then again, Having a “Gun Poll” is a Back-Door Approach to Knowing Who You Are? How Many Guns You Have? An “Informal” Registry!

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