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Politics and Gender Divide Support for CT's New Gun Laws

A Quinnipiac University poll sheds light on where voters stand on the state's new gun law. Where do you stand?

Photo by Paula Antolini
Photo by Paula Antolini
Connecticut's new gun laws haven't necessarily won a popularity contest with all residents, but they do have the support of a majority of voters, according to Quinnipiac Poll results released Monday.

The poll found that 56 percent of voters surveyed support the state's stricter new gun control laws, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law last year in the wake of one of the most deadly school shootings in the nation's history — at Sandy Hook School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012.

Thirty-eight percent of respondents did not support the gun laws, according to the poll.

When examined through a partisan lens, Democrats overwhelmingly support the new gun laws, while a majority of Republicans oppose them; a slight majority of independent voters support them, too. By the numbers, 84 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independent voters support the laws, with 69 percent of Republicans against them.

Quinnipiac says 51 percent of men oppose Connecticut's stricter gun laws, compared to 45 percent who support them, while 66 percent of women back the laws and 27 percent don't.

The constitutionality of the laws has been challenged, unsuccessfully so far, in the courts, and they have also found their way into the race for governor.

Voters' Stance on Other Social Issues

From May 1 – 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,668 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

Your Stance?

Do you support the laws, and what is your political affiliation and gender?

Conrad F. Heede May 30, 2014 at 02:03 AM
Mr Paine. No wonder you hide behind a handle to write your posts. That does not pass the red face test. I would be ashamed if I wrote that. Bob. I know full well who shut down the mental health facilities. My grandmother worked in the industry and my step sister has no place to go as a result other than to a group home which is really just a very high priced private company babysitting service. Many of the homeless today would have been in an institution if they still existed and most of the people who commit violent mass gun crimes would be there too, keeping us all safe, but that is a lot if people. I agree this country does not have a good mental health system. I also think the gun laws are too lax given the lack of mental health facilities and funds to pay for them. So I ask you, do you want to recreate a new, massive mental health system? Who is going to pay for it? Who will vote for the tax increase? Or should we roll it into Obama care and jack our premiums? I was originally just suggesting we tax gun ownership at a similar percentage that we tax cigarettes to pay for security guards and such at schools since I do not believe a majority would ever want to reinvent the mental health system. The status quo cannot be maintained. As a democrat, I can suggest we do this but what republican is going to say yes to new taxes or higher health insurance premiums? They will say cut something else resulting in that issue blowing up into a new under funded crisis. Perhaps we cut highway and bridge repairs or defense spending for example. So what republican will say yes let's increase taxes and insurance premiums for a common good and recreate a new system? Will you put your money where your mouth is, Bob?
Thomas Paine May 30, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Conrad, please explain what is wrong with my post. Sure, you would not write it because your worldview seems to be simpatico with the #YesAllWomen meme but that does not address the questions I raise. Roger's posts on certain "body building" sites have been taken down but they are available via the Wayback Machine. I do not understand why you so easily dismiss that this mad killer might have been suffering from some very deeply repressed sexual issues that manifested themselves in a perceived "hatred" for women. >>> What is fascinating Conrad is that anti-gun folk are so quick to make assumptions about the psychological motivations of "gun goons" (penis inadequacy, inferiority complex, racism) and yet will not even consider questions about such an obviously confused and sick young man. Why is that? Could such examination force reconsideration of uncomfortable presumptions? Is repressed homosexual rage a taboo subject now?
Conrad F. Heede May 30, 2014 at 06:52 PM
No. I just think dismissing a mentally unstable kid who legally purchased guns and ammo and wanted to kill people because he was frustrated as being merely a repressed homosexual is strange at best. It kind of comes out of left field and adds nothing to the discussion. If the NRA won't allow us to limit guns, then will they support increasing taxes to build a mental health system and draw up laws and agencies to help society, schools and especially parents who have no place to turn and deal with these problem kids? Highly unlikely.
Thomas Paine June 02, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Conrad, maybe you should go read about the NRA's support of efforts to keep the mentally ill and guns separated.

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