Fox News Poll Shows Favor For Gun Control

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While Fox News is often, and perhaps is, considered quite right wing… one would think that a poll they run would show favor toward protecting our rights. That doesn’t seem to be the case this go-round

Apparently, 53 percent of people who participated were in favor of protecting people from gun violence versus protecting our second amendment right. While 90% stated that they were, at least, in favor of universal background checks, even in private sales.

As reported by Fox News:

The proposal a majority rejects is allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds (57 percent oppose).  That was also the case in 2013 (52 percent opposed.)

The Fox News poll asked about these measures in January 2013, a month after the Newtown Connecticut school shooting that killed 26.

Compared to that time, support for putting armed guards at schools is up nine points, a ban on assault weapons is up six, and requiring mental health checks is up one.  Support for universal background checks is unchanged — and about 9-in-10 Democrats, Republicans, and independents favor them.

Nearly half of those living in a gun-owner household favor banning assault weapons:  47 percent favor, 50 percent oppose.

The poll, released Sunday, was conducted March 18-21.  Interviews were completed before Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally in Washington led by survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.  Just over half of the interviews were conducted prior to Tuesday’s school shooting in Maryland that killed one student and injured another.  The attack ended in seconds, after an armed school resource officer quickly engaged the gunman.

As reported by Daily Caller:

Boosting security at schools was a popular idea, with about seven in 10 respondents supported putting armed guards in schools. Allowing trained teachers to carry concealed weapons in school, one of President Donald Trump’s favored ideas, was far less so — just 37 percent of the people surveyed said they supported arming teachers.

The Fox News poll was based on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,014 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from March 18-21, 2018. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.