From FOX News Poll: More Gun Laws Won't Help

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    Ill attach the link...breakdown of the results would not cut/paste....To me this gives hope that at least 1 news station and some Americans my actualy be useing common sense....,2933,66647,00.html

    Poll: More Gun Laws Won't Help

    Thursday, October 24, 2002
    By Dana Blanton

    Few Americans think tougher gun laws could make a difference in situations like the sniper attacks in the area around Washington D.C.

    The latest FOX News poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation found that most Americans are doubtful that tougher guns laws would help stop these kinds of acts, with 76 percent saying people like the serial sniper(s) will always find ways around gun laws. Only 14 percent say tougher gun laws can stop acts like the sniper shootings from happening.

    While there are no significant gender differences, Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to think tougher laws would make a difference (21 percent to 9 percent).

    For more than two weeks, news coverage has been filled with live reports and press conferences on the serial sniper shootings. More Americans characterize this coverage as being sensationalized rather than responsible (52 percent to 36 percent). In addition, two-thirds think the extensive nature of the media coverage was more likely to encourage the sniper (67 percent) than to help the police (16 percent).

    "It appears that many people have been turned off by the wall-to-wall sniper coverage," comments Opinion Dynamics President John Gorman. "Of course, the media would probably receive the same level of criticism if they 'covered-up' the situation by not reporting the incidents in detail. I think in many ways people are reacting not so much against the coverage, but against the feelings of insecurity and horror that the coverage legitimately provoked."

    While opinion of the shooting coverage is less than favorable, law enforcement gets positive marks. Fully 79 percent think the police and other law enforcement officials are doing a good job handling the sniper case (8 percent say bad job).

    Concern about the sniper attacks is high, but ranks below concern over terrorist attacks and the nation’s economy. Almost half of the public (48 percent) says they are "very concerned" about the sniper attacks, compared to 53 percent about terrorist attacks and 58 percent the economy. Forty-two percent say they are "very concerned" about the stock market, while one-third expresses the same level of concern about smallpox attacks.

    The poll shows a majority believes in the basic right of Americans to own a gun. Fifty-six percent say all U.S. citizens have the right to own a gun, 30 percent say no (12 percent "depends").

    Opinion of the National Rifle Association is divided with 44 percent having a favorable opinion of the organization and 39 percent unfavorable. As would be expected, gun owners have a more positive view. Sixty-two percent of those who live in gun households have a favorable opinion of the NRA (24 percent unfavorable).

    Nationally gun ownership remains steady. Just over 4 in 10 Americans say someone in their household owns a gun, and about twice as many say the gun is used more for hunting or sport (46 percent) than for personal protection (24 percent). There are major gender and regional differences in gun ownership. Men, Republicans, and people living in the Southern region of the country are the most likely to say someone in their house owns a gun.

    Of those living in non-gun households, eight percent say they have considered buying a gun since the sniper attacks began earlier this month.

    Polling was conducted by telephone October 22-23, 2002 in the evenings. The sample is 900 likely voters nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. LV = likely voters, RV = registered voters
  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor


    polls only count when it meets the agenda. when you consider that the majority of the people are held hostage to the whims of the demonrat/liberal and the wishes of the elite!!!:assult: :nod:


    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    At least most of us don't have our heads up our arses!
  4. The article impresses one point that 21 percent of the democrats think that more gun laws are the answer as opposed to ONLY 9 percent of the opposing Republicans.

    The Democrats think that they know what is better for you than you do yourself....that's scares me.

    As Papa so wisely put it, in around about terms, if the dems want it they will push hard enough......long enough to beat everyone else down. It's all about agenda....agenda.....and they have learned when to strike against us.....striking at the opportune times.

    I have said, and will say it again, watch out for this sniper's gonna make us all cringe before it's over. I just hope the Republicans can head it off at the pass before it bites us in the behind!