CO Poll Results - Voters Back Stronger Gun Laws
Project New America and Keating Research recently completed a statewide live operator telephone survey of Colorado voters. We asked several questions to measure voter opinions about gun laws.
Key findings include:
On the general question of whether voters want stricter gun laws,
55% are in favor and only 40% opposed.
Support crosses party lines with a majority of Democrats (75%) and unaffiliated voters (59%) and a third of all Republican voters favoring stricter gun laws.
Support is extremely high in the key suburban swing counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Douglas, and Jefferson) - 59% of voters favor stricter gun laws. Importantly, 68% of women and 67% of unaffiliated voters in those counties are in favor of stricter laws.
Voters are even more favorable towards specific policies currently being discussed in Colorado:
- 95% favor preventing people with serious mental health problems from owning a gun.
- 80% favor requiring all private gun sales to go through a licensed dealer, and be subject to a background check
- 65% favor prohibiting guns on college campuses
- 61% favor banning high-capacity ammunition clips and assault rifles
These survey results confirm that large majorities of the state's voters are in agreement with recent statements on gun violence by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.
Governor Hickenlooper's State of the State address, January 10th, 2013
"Our record of addressing difficult problems together makes it possible to discuss gun violence and mental health. There are no easy solutions. Some point to guns, others to a violent culture. Still others believe that the line between community security and individual freedom must be re-drawn. We shouldn't be restrained from discussing any of these issues. Our democracy demands this type of debate. Let me prime the pump: Why not have universal background checks for all gun sales? After Columbine, Colorado voters insisted that gun show sales be regulated, and launched an aggressive effort to prevent school bullying. We have shown in Colorado that we can learn from tragedy and make changes. Surely, Second Amendment advocates and gun control supporters can find common ground in support of this proposition: Let's examine our laws and make the changes needed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. It's not enough to prevent dangerous people from getting weapons."
Senator Mark Udall, January 16th, 2013
"I wish I could say that enforcement of our current laws has been sufficient at keeping our children safe, but that simply is not the case. For example, while Colorado has a storied tradition of gun ownership, I am not certain that owning high-capacity ammunition clips or weapons made for the battlefield are necessarily part of that heritage. I will continue to work with my colleagues and Coloradans - of all political stripes - to discuss concrete steps we can take to help prevent dangerous guns from falling into the wrong hands."
Senator Michael Bennet, December 19th, 2012
"The shooters in Aurora and Newtown should not have had access to the guns or magazines they used. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for the battlefield, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can reduce our children's risk. In Colorado, we support the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, we support the ability of people to hunt and recreate and to protect their families and homes, and we want to keep the wrong weapons out of the hands of the wrong people."