Opinion | Journalists Are Hooked on Polls and They’ll Stay That Way
The polls might be wrong sometimes but the solution isn’t doing away with them, just more transparency about their limits.The foundational organization of political polling, Gallup, bailed on presidential political polling in 2015 after having made a botch of the 2012 election cycle. Citing a change in their research focus, the Pew Research Center dropped out of the horse-race business in 2016. But no political polling insider has served himself such a heaping bowl of mea culpa as did Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray last week in a Newark Star-Ledger op-ed.
Support for gun control has hit its lowest rating since 2014 in a Gallup poll, with just 52 percent of Americans saying they support stricter gun control measures, according to the new survey. © The Hill Support for stricter gun laws hits lowest point since 2014 in Gallup poll
Gallup said the decline was largely attributable to falling support from Republicans.
GOP support for more gun control fell by 14 percentage points to 22 percent, which is the lowest percentage on the question on record for Republicans, reports Gallup.
Gallup's new poll results show that 35 percent of American adults believe that current firearm laws should be kept as is and that 11 percent of Americans prefer less strict gun control measures.
Parkland activists heal over years while pushing gun reform
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With AP photos shot 11/3 of David Hogg outside SCOTUS, plus file photos of Corin, Eastmond and 2018 DC rally. FLRB301-308 on hold in NY When the shooter in the 2018 Parkland school massacre finally pleaded guilty last month, it briefly revived attention and donations for the anti-gun violence March For Our Lives student movement birthed by the tragedy. It also dredged up personal trauma for many of young activists, though most are now hundreds of miles away at college.Jaclyn Corin, 21, one of the group’s original organizers and now a Harvard junior, stayed off social media the week of the shooter’s court proceedings to avoid painful memories.
A record of 78 percent of Americans favored stricter gun control legislation in 1990, when Gallup began conducting polls on gun control laws while the nation's crime was at a high point.
However, as recently as three years ago, support for gun control was at 67 percent, which Gallup records as the highest rate of support since 1993. These high numbers came following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
Support among independents for gun control also fell by 15 percent. Forty-five percent of independents favor stricter gun laws, 41 percent want laws to stay the same and 12 percent back less restrictive laws on firearms.
Among Democrats, support for gun control rose to 91 percent.
The majority of Republicans, 56 percent, want to keep firearm restrictions as they are, while 24 percent back less strict measures and 20 percent support stricter measures.
Support for gun control hits a seven-year low .
After the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, gun control activists and the liberal media thought they could finally turn gun control into a winning issue. Now, support for gun control is lower than it has been at any point in the last seven years. © Provided by Washington Examiner Semi-Automatic handguns are displayed at Duke's Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Gallup began asking how people viewed “laws covering the sale of firearms” back in 1990. Only 52% of people think those laws should be stricter than they are now, which is the lowest Gallup has recorded since 2014.