* The latest results from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s statewide poll of 600 registered voters…
1. What do you think is more important? Protecting the right to own guns, or controlling gun ownership?
Protecting the right to own guns 31.3%
Controlling ownership 59.5%
Other/Don’t know 9.2%
2. In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
More strict 72.3%
Less strict 2.2%
Kept the same 21.3%
Other/Don’t know 4.2%
3. Do you favor or oppose banning high-capacity ammunition clips that can contain more than 10 bullets?
Other/Don’t know 3.8%
4. Do you favor or oppose a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?
Other/Don’t know 6.2%
5. Do you favor or oppose a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?
Other/Don’t know 6.0%
6. Do you favor or oppose a law that would require background checks before people – including gun dealers – could buy guns at a gun show?
Other/Don’t know 2.0%
7. Do you favor or oppose putting more armed guards or police in schools?
Other/Don’t know 8.8%
8. (IF YES ABOVE, N=278) Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to pay for more armed guards or police in schools?
Other/Don’t know 5.8%
9. Do you believe the Second Amendment includes the right to carry concealed weapons in public?
Other/Don’t know 10.8%
10. (IF YES ABOVE, N=237) Do you believe there should be exceptions to allowing concealed weapons in public places—excluding them from such places as schools, college campuses, shopping malls and movie theaters?
Other/Don’t know 8.0%
* From the Institute…
About twice as many Illinois voters surveyed thought controlling gun ownership was more important than protecting the right to own guns (59.5 percent to 31.3 percent). A recent poll of all Americans taken by Pew Research, shows a 49 to 42 percent split on that question. […]
Even within constituencies that are seen as pro-gun, majorities in the Simon Poll said they favored stricter gun control. These groups included downstate voters (66.1%) conservatives (54.6%) and Republicans (55.4%).
Significant majorities also favored most of the specific gun-control policy proposals tested in the poll, including requiring background checks before anyone—including gun dealers—could buy firearms at gun shows (92.5 percent); banning high-capacity ammunition magazines (62.8 percent); and banning semi-automatic “assault rifles” (58.7 percent).
“It’s striking how much stronger the support for gun control measures is in Illinois compared to the nation as a whole,” said David Yepsen, the director of the Institute. “But it’s not surprising because on measurements of many social issues, the electorate in Illinois is more left of center than the American electorate.” […]
Among those who thought the Second Amendment did cover concealed weapons, a large majority (71.3 percent) thought there should be exceptions to concealed-carry in places such as schools, college campuses, malls, and theaters.
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