December 20, 2017 - Americans Have Little Hope For World Peace In 2018, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 'Merry Christmas' Is Bogus Issue, Voters Say 4-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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The world will be a less peaceful place in 2018, American voters say 73 - 18 percent in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

One bright spot is the Middle East, as voters say 48 - 41 percent that a way can be found for Israelis and Palestinians to coexist peacefully, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University Poll finds. Women are hopeful 51 - 37 percent. Men are divided as 45 percent say a way to coexistence can be found and 47 percent say no.

American voters say 58 - 26 percent that 2018 will be better than 2017 for them personally. Democrats say 44 - 38 percent that 2018 will be worse for them, the only party, gender, education, age or racial group listed with a pessimistic outlook.

The nation's economy will be better next year, voters say 52 - 38 percent. The economy will be worse, Democrats say 64 - 22 percent; women say 48 - 40 percent and black voters say 61 - 28 percent. White women are divided 44 - 45 percent. Every other listed group has a positive outlook.

A total of 33 percent of American voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today, while 67 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."

"Hope for Mideast peace and a belief we'll all be better off financially are bright spots in a survey that has an undercurrent of unease over an ever more dangerous world," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"American voters suspect a political Grinch behind the so-called war on Christmas."

The call for more people to say, "Merry Christmas," instead of "Happy Holidays" is an issue "made up for political purposes" rather than a real issue, American voters say 76 - 19 percent. No listed group believes this is a real issue. Gun Control

Five years after the Sandy Hook massacre, American voters support 95 - 4 percent, including 94 - 5 percent among voters in households where there is a gun, background checks for all gun buyers.

These results have been consistent in every Quinnipiac University poll since Sandy Hook.

There is a wide gender gap as voters support 59 - 36 percent stricter gun laws in the U.S. Women support stricter gun laws 69 - 26 percent. Men are divided 47 - 47 percent.

Voters also support 68 - 27 percent a ban on gun modifications that can make a semi- automatic weapon work more like an automatic weapon. There is no group, including gun owners, opposed to this measure.

Congress is not doing enough to reduce gun violence, voters say 67 - 25 percent. Republicans are the only listed group who say, 49 - 38 percent, that Congress is doing enough.

"The horror of Sandy Hook still resonates, especially with women. But while Americans are crying out for tougher gun laws, the consensus is that Congress is sitting on its hands," Malloy said.

From December 13 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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7. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        7%    19%     1%     5%     8%     5%     5%    11%
Smwht satisfied      26     48     10     24     32     20     24     33
Smwht dissatisfied   24     23     19     27     25     23     24     21
Very dissatisfied    43      9     70     44     33     51     46     34
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        5%     7%     7%     7%    11%     5%     8%     -      6%
Smwht satisfied      23     26     28     27     34     24     29     12     26
Smwht dissatisfied   24     24     23     23     24     21     23     29     18
Very dissatisfied    47     43     40     43     30     48     40     59     48
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      -      2
 
 
8. Do you think 2017 was better or worse than 2016 for you personally?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               46%    81%    20%    44%    57%    36%    46%    54%
Worse                37      9     60     39     29     45     37     29
NEITHER(VOL)         14      8     17     15     12     16     13     14
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      3      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               47%    47%    49%    42%    64%    38%    50%    23%    43%
Worse                39     37     38     36     23     42     33     55     48
NEITHER(VOL)         10     14     12     18     11     16     14     21      7
DK/NA                 4      2      2      4      2      3      3      1      3
 
 
9. Do you think 2018 will be better or worse than 2017 for you personally?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               58%    86%    38%    59%    65%    53%    56%    67%
Worse                26      5     44     25     21     30     29     17
NEITHER(VOL)          5      2      8      5      3      6      5      4
DK/NA                11      8     11     12     11     12      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               69%    59%    61%    49%    72%    53%    62%    46%    57%
Worse                22     26     26     25     17     29     23     34     31
NEITHER(VOL)          3      5      3      9      3      6      5      8      2
DK/NA                 7     10     10     16      8     12     10     12      9
 
 
11. In 2018, do you think that the world will be a more peaceful place or a less peaceful place?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More peaceful        18%    36%     6%    17%    23%    14%    15%    23%
Less peaceful        73     55     86     77     68     77     78     67
NEITHER(VOL)          3      2      3      2      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                 6      8      5      4      6      6      4      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More peaceful        19%    18%    22%    14%    23%    15%    19%     8%    25%
Less peaceful        72     75     72     74     70     76     73     84     67
NEITHER(VOL)          4      2      2      3      2      3      2      1      3
DK/NA                 5      5      5      9      6      6      6      7      5
 
 
25. Do you think that the nation's economy will be better or worse next year?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               52%    89%    22%    52%    65%    40%    50%    63%
Worse                38      7     64     38     26     48     40     27
NEITHER(VOL)          3      -      3      4      3      3      2      3
DK/NA                 7      4     11      6      5      9      8      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Better               51%    51%    56%    52%    72%    44%    57%    28%    47%
Worse                38     41     38     34     20     45     34     61     42
NEITHER(VOL)          4      3      1      3      2      2      2      3      6
DK/NA                 7      5      5     11      6      9      7      7      6
 
 
42. Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
More                 14%    19%     8%    16%    18%    11%    16%    13%
Less                 27     18     32     26     19     33     23     26
About the same       58     62     59     57     61     55     61     61
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
More                 19%    19%    12%     8%    22%     9%    15%    12%    13%
Less                 28     26     26     26     17     31     24     39     28
About the same       51     54     61     64     61     60     61     46     58
DK/NA                 2      -      -      1      -      1      -      3      2
 
 
43. As you may know, some politicians have talked about how more Americans should be saying "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays". Do you think that this is a real issue, or do you think that this issue is made up for political purposes?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Real issue           19%    39%     7%    16%    19%    20%    19%    22%
Made up              76     56     88     79     76     75     76     73
DK/NA                 5      5      6      5      5      5      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Real issue            8%    19%    24%    23%    22%    19%    20%    13%    14%
Made up              88     76     72     68     74     75     75     80     79
DK/NA                 4      5      4      9      5      5      5      7      7
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              59%    31%    85%    58%    47%    69%    66%    45%
Oppose               36     63     12     36     47     26     31     49
DK/NA                 5      6      3      6      6      5      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              59%    60%    57%    61%    45%    65%    56%    81%    59%
Oppose               34     36     38     35     50     31     40     19     25
DK/NA                 7      4      5      5      5      5      5      -     15
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              71%    61%    53%    55%    64%    62%    46%    43%
Oppose               25     35     42     36     32     32     49     52
DK/NA                 4      4      4      9      4      6      6      6
 
 
45. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              95%    92%    98%    96%    92%    98%    97%    95%
Oppose                4      6      2      4      6      1      3      3
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      1      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              96%    95%    96%    96%    94%    98%    96%    96%    96%
Oppose                4      5      3      2      5      1      3      3      4
DK/NA                 -      -      1      3      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              98%    94%    95%    95%    96%    96%    94%    94%
Oppose                2      4      4      4      3      3      5      5
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
46. Do you support or oppose a ban on gun modifications that can make a semi-automatic gun work more like an automatic gun?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              68%    56%    80%    73%    63%    73%    79%    63%
Oppose               27     38     18     25     33     22     18     32
DK/NA                 4      6      2      2      4      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              62%    73%    72%    70%    64%    77%    71%    64%    66%
Oppose               33     24     26     23     32     19     25     30     30
DK/NA                 5      3      2      7      3      4      4      6      5
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              76%    71%    65%    65%    73%    71%    60%    64%
Oppose               21     24     30     31     24     25     36     33
DK/NA                 3      5      5      4      3      5      4      3
 
 
47. Do you think Congress is doing enough to reduce gun violence or do you think Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         25%    49%     6%    24%    31%    20%    26%    30%
Do more              67     38     92     70     59     75     69     57
DK/NA                 8     13      2      6     10      5      6     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         28%    25%    27%    19%    34%    23%    28%     8%    22%
Do more              68     71     66     68     54     71     63     88     74
DK/NA                 4      4      8     13     12      6      9      3      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Doing enough         16%    27%    28%    25%    19%    23%    38%    36%
Do more              76     64     66     65     77     69     50     55
DK/NA                 8      9      6     10      4      8     12      9
 
 
48. Is being the victim of a mass shooting something you personally worry about or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Worry            37%    28%    48%    38%    29%    45%    30%    30%
No                   62     72     50     62     70     54     70     70
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      1      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Worry            47%    42%    31%    33%    20%    39%    30%    58%    59%
No                   52     58     68     66     80     61     70     38     39
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      -      -      -      4      2
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Yes/Worry            37%    31%    39%    41%    44%    33%    32%    32%
No                   62     69     59     59     55     66     68     67
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
 
49. Do you think a way can be found for Israelis and Palestinians to coexist peacefully with each other, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Coexist          48%    35%    55%    51%    45%    51%    50%    39%
No                   41     58     30     42     47     37     42     53
DK/NA                11      8     15      7      9     12      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Coexist          58%    45%    47%    42%    41%    47%    44%    55%    61%
No                   32     45     44     45     52     43     47     24     27
DK/NA                10     10      9     12      7     10      8     21     12