Most voters say that strict gun laws do not help during a national crime wave
A new poll shows that more than eight out of 10 U.S. voters believe that strict gun control laws in major cities either make no difference to the current rise in retail crime or make it worse.
The Trafalgar Group survey revealed that 47.1% of respondents from all political affiliations said that “the strict gun laws in most major cities” make “no difference” to the current rise in retail crime, and 37.3% believe , that they make it “worse”. Only 15.6% of voters said they believed gun laws make retail crime “better”.
Pollster Robert Cahaly, who founded the Trafalgar Group in 2016, said the results reflect a recent poll showing a growing voter reaction to progressive police reform policy.
“There seems to be a growing consensus among city dwellers that less policing, the release of criminals, and a lack of prosecution make them feel less secure,” he said. Cahaly. “They are frustrated that, unlike most people living in rural and suburban areas, city dwellers do not feel entitled to protect themselves because of gun restrictions that only harm law-abiding citizens.”
The survey found that a large number of likely Democratic, Republican, and independent voters find strict gun laws ineffective, even though Democrats were found to be most likely to find them useful.
While 30.1% of Democrats said strict gun laws make retail crime “better,” only 9.8% of independents and 7.3% of Republicans said the same.
The survey reiterates recent polls that show a sharp drop in support for gun control laws.
A Quinnipiac poll released on November 19 showed that 47% of registered voters support stricter gun laws and 48% are against them – the lowest level of support for stricter gun laws since the end of 2015 in Quinnipiac’s annual poll.
On November 17, a Gallup poll found that 52% of Americans say that “legislation covering the sale of firearms” should be stricter – down from 57% in 2020 and 64% in 2019. This was also the lowest level of support in Gallup’s annual poll since 2014.
“This year’s fall is driven by a 15-point dive among independents,” Gallup said in a press release, adding that support for stricter gun control laws often falls while Democrats control the White House.
An ABC News / Ipsos survey conducted on 10-11. December showed that only 33% of Americans approve of how President Biden handles the issue of gun violence, with 66% rejecting it.
This year’s decline in voter support for stricter gun control laws has not come with a decline in the number of mass shootings. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 683 mass shootings with at least four victims wounded or killed this year per. December 27th.
Rick Green, the founder of the Patriot Academy program that trains young conservative leaders, attributed conservative messages about crime to the declining support for stricter gun control laws.
“Restrictive gun laws have never worked and will never work because they empower the criminal who ignores them while disarming the citizen who becomes a victim,” said Mr. Green. “The government should encourage gun ownership and training instead of making it harder for citizens to defend themselves.”
Reflecting the likely turnout demographics, 39.3% of respondents in the new Trafalgar poll identified as Democrats, 35.6% as Republicans and 25.1% as Independents. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.99% at 95% confidence level.
The company distributes its survey questionnaires using a mixed direct call method, integrated voice answering, text messaging, emails and two other proprietary digital methods that it does not share publicly.
According to Trafalgar, the survey of 1,076 likely parliamentary voters was conducted 17-21. December. The study was conducted on behalf of the Nonprofit Convention on the Action of States, which advocates the return of federal powers to the states.