Dramatic polling shift on gun rights

Dramatic polling shift on gun rights

The American public now believes that guns do more to protect people than put people at risk, by a six-point margin. This reverses the attitude that had prevailed since the Newtown and continues a long-term trend in favor of gun rights.  The Pew Research Center for the People and Press poll, provides some very interesting insights on the politics of gun rights, in addition to tracking the overall figure.

Since January 2013, support for gun rights has increased seven percentage points – from 45% to 52% — while the share prioritizing gun control has fallen five points (from 51% to 46%).

The latest poll, taken between December 3 and 7, comes in the wake of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri that saw shop owners helplessly watch their life’s work be destroyed by rampaging mobs. Thanks, Ferguson protesters!

Of most interest to political junkies, the demographic breakdown of polling results revels that Democrats are out of step with the general public:

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