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Gallup: Only 4% of Americans Think Gun Control is an Important Problem

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM
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A rack of AR-15 rifles stand to be individually packaged as workers move a pallet of rifles for shipment at the Stag Arms company in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


April 16, 2013


Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.

In its poll from Apr. 4-7,  Gallup surveyed 1,005 adults by telephone and asked, “What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?”

Respondents answered in the following order:

 

Economy in general                                      24%

Unemployment/Jobs                                     18%

Dissatisfaction with Government                16%

Federal budget deficit/Federal debt             11%

Healthcare                                                         6%

Ethical/Moral/Family decline                           5%

Immigration/Illegal aliens                                 4%

Education                                                           4%

Guns/Gun control                                              4%

Situation with North Korea                              4%

Lack of Money                                                   3%

Welfare                                                               2%

Lack of respect for each other                         2%

Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness                      2%

Foreign aid/Focus overseas                            2%

Taxes                                                                  2%

 

Despite the Obama administration’s strong push for more gun control legislation, few Americans are concerned about the issue.

As Gallup reports, “Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.”

These data “underscore the prominence of economic issues in Americans’ minds,” said Gallup.

by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM
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Hmm. Maybe that's why the Senate vote failed.

PamR
by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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The Senate vote failed because of partisan politics, as usual.  It's unfortunate that more Americans don't see the importance of having common sense laws.  In fact, most Americans, including gun owners, are in favor of background checks.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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I agree with the poll. The economy is BAD. The dollar is basically worthless. I'm thinking its going to get worse. :(

IDC about more gun control laws. I'd rather see the country get back on it's feet.
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by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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The Senate vote failed because it was a terrible bill that would do absolutely nothing to solve the problem.  We already have background check legislation, maybe we should try to see how well that works *if enforced* before creating more laws to control gun owners.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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You do or you do not understand that 4 is a very small number?

Quoting PamR:

The Senate vote failed because of partisan politics, as usual.  It's unfortunate that more Americans don't see the importance of having common sense laws.  In fact, most Americans, including gun owners, are in favor of background checks.


 

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

 I'm even more surprised that taxes was only 2%.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

BUMP!

StephanieSH
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I think that people probably feel that gun control legislation at this point is like closing the barn door after the horse gets out.  There are too many guns already in circulation for it to make any real difference at this point.  I would like to see the gun show loophole closed but, really, how many guns obtained from gun shows are used by the people committing all the major gun violence atrocities?

denise3680
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

funny how immigration is only 4% also but the GOP seems to want to make that a number one topic also:/  Of course the economy would be a number one problem with Americans, since that is what is effecting us the most.  Guns are an issue, but like someone else stated, there are so many out there its like spraying water on a fire that is already out:/ None of the laws presented, even the new one presented by the republicans are going to help.  Every party has something they want to address or stress out about right now it is gun control with the dems, with  immigration and id laws for the republicans:/  Next week it will be something else and again nothing will get done:/

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Sad to think our children and their safety doesn't matter. While we disagree on the proposed laws something needs to be done.

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