March 6, 2019 - U.S. Voters Oppose Trump Emergency Powers On Wall 2-1 Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 86% Back Democrats' Bill On Gun Background Checks Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters disapprove 66 - 31 percent of President Donald Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall on the border with Mexico, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Republicans back President Trump's use of emergency powers for the wall 69 - 29 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group disapproves of this action.

Driven mainly by women, American voters oppose building a wall on the Mexican border 55 - 41 percent. Women oppose the wall 62 - 34 percent. Men are divided, with 49 percent supporting the wall and 47 percent opposed.

U.S. voters support 86 - 12 percent, including 80 - 17 percent among Republicans and 76 - 20 percent among gun owners, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives requiring background checks for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and online purchases.

Voters support 93 - 6 percent "requiring background checks for all gun buyers." Support is 89 - 10 percent among Republicans and 87 - 12 percent among gun owners. Support for universal background checks has ranged from 88 to 97 percent in every Quinnipiac University poll since February 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. The highest level of support, 97 - 2 percent, came in a February 20, 2018 survey, six days after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

"'We didn't want it in the first place and we certainly don't want it built by emergency executive order,' say wall-weary voters in big numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"The call for universal background checks is now nearly universal. The trend we saw after the horror of Sandy Hook and through subsequent mass shootings has become an unstoppable tide."

The U.S. must do more to address gun violence, 73 percent of American voters say. Another 16 percent say the U.S. is doing enough and 5 percent say the U.S. is doing too much.

Voters support stricter gun laws 60 - 35 percent.

Legalized Marijuana

American voters say 60 - 33 percent "the use of marijuana should be made legal in the U.S." There is a very small gender gap, but a wide age gap:
  • Voters 18 to 34 years old support legalized marijuana 85 - 12 percent;
  • Voters 35 to 49 years old support it 63 - 30 percent;
  • Voters 50 to 64 years old support it 59 - 35 percent;
  • Voters over 65 years old are divided on legalized marijuana as 44 percent support it, with 49 percent opposed.
Voters support medical marijuana, if a doctor prescribes it, 93 - 5 percent.

American voters support erasing criminal records for marijuana possession 63 - 29 percent. Republicans are divided as 45 percent support erasing records, with 47 percent opposed. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group supports erasing criminal records.

"The baby boomers say no to the drug that helped define an era, while the millennials say bring it on," Malloy said. "In between are enough voters to rubber stamp legalizing marijuana for recreation as well as medical reasons."

From March 1 - 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,120 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect.

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16. Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              41%    85%     8%    36%    49%    34%    42%    56%
Oppose               55     11     89     60     47     62     56     41
DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      5      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              23%    41%    47%    45%    56%    42%    49%    12%    20%
Oppose               73     56     51     52     41     56     49     81     76
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      3      2      3      7      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose building a wall along the border with Mexico?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         41      55       4
Jan 29, 2019         41      55       4
Jan 14, 2019         43      55       2 
Dec 18, 2018         43      54       3 
Aug 15, 2018         38      58       4
Jun 18, 2018         39      58       4
Apr 11, 2018         40      57       3
Feb 06, 2018         37      59       4
Jan 11, 2018         34      63       3
Dec 13, 2017         36      62       2
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17. Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall along the border with Mexico without the approval of Congress?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              31%    69%     5%    26%    38%    25%    30%    43%
Disapprove           66     29     95     70     59     73     69     53
DK/NA                 3      2      -      3      3      3      1      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              11%    29%    37%    37%    43%    30%    37%    10%    14%
Disapprove           88     68     61     60     54     67     61     89     85
DK/NA                 1      3      2      3      2      3      3      1      1
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall along the border with Mexico without the approval of Congress?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         31      66       3
Jan 29, 2019         31      66       3
Jan 14, 2019         32      65       3
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              60%    33%    87%    61%    51%    68%    64%    50%
Oppose               35     62     11     33     44     26     33     44
DK/NA                 5      5      2      5      5      5      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              66%    58%    56%    68%    48%    65%    57%    84%    66%
Oppose               30     37     41     29     47     31     39     14     27
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      5      4      5      1      7
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              45%    35%
Oppose               51     60
DK/NA                 5      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         60      35       5 
Jan 14, 2019         56      40       4
Nov 21, 2018         58      36       6
Apr 11, 2018         56      39       4
Mar 06, 2018         63      32       5
Feb 20, 2018         66      31       4 
Dec 20, 2017         59      36       5
Nov 15, 2017         60      36       3
Oct 12, 2017         60      36       3
Jun 28, 2017         54      42       4
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23. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              93%    89%    98%    93%    89%    96%    94%    93%
Oppose                6     10      2      5      9      3      6      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              91%    93%    92%    97%    89%    98%    94%    98%    87%
Oppose                8      7      7      3     10      2      6      2     10
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      -      -      3
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              90%    87%
Oppose               10     12
DK/NA                 1      1
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         93       6       1
Jan 14, 2019         92       6       1
Feb 20, 2018         97       2       1 
Dec 20, 2017         95       4       1
Nov 15, 2017         95       4       1
Oct 12, 2017         94       5       1
Jun 28, 2017         94       5       -
Jun 30, 2016         93       6       1
Nov 05, 2015         93       5       1
Sep 28, 2015         93       6       1
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24. In general, do you think the United States is doing enough to address gun violence, doing too much, or do you think more needs to be done to address gun violence?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         16%    30%     4%    16%    21%    12%    15%    19%
Doing too much        5      8      -      4      7      2      3      6
More to be done      73     52     95     74     64     81     78     64
DK/NA                 6     10      1      6      7      5      4     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         14%    13%    21%    15%    21%    13%    17%     7%    19%
Doing too much        7      2      4      2      7      2      5      -      4
More to be done      76     77     69     78     62     79     71     90     74
DK/NA                 3      7      7      5      9      6      7      3      3
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Doing enough         25%    29%
Doing too much        6      6
More to be done      60     54
DK/NA                 9     10
 
 
25. As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require background checks on all gun sales, including those at gun shows and through online retailers. Do you support or oppose this bill?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              86%    80%    97%    86%    80%    91%    88%    83%
Oppose               12     17      2     12     17      7     11     12
DK/NA                 3      4      -      2      3      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              86%    87%    86%    88%    81%    90%    86%    93%    85%
Oppose               12     10     13     10     17      7     12      4     14
DK/NA                 2      4      1      2      3      3      3      3      1
 
                     GUN.........
                     HsHld  Owner
 
Support              79%    76%
Oppose               17     20
DK/NA                 4      4
 
 
26. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  60%    40%    73%    64%    59%    61%    61%    55%
No                   33     52     20     31     35     31     34     37
DK/NA                 7      8      8      5      6      8      6      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  85%    63%    59%    44%    58%    58%    58%    68%    65%
No                   12     30     35     49     36     35     35     20     32
DK/NA                 2      7      6      7      6      7      7     12      3
 
TREND: Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         60      33       7
Apr 26, 2018         63      33       4 
Jan 11, 2018         58      36       6
Aug 03, 2017         61      33       5
Apr 20, 2017         60      34       6
Feb 23, 2017         59      36       5
Jun 06, 2016         54      41       5
Dec 05, 2012         51      44       5 
 
 
27. Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              93%    86%    96%    96%    93%    92%    93%    91%
Oppose                5     12      3      3      5      5      6      5
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      2      3      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              99%    93%    93%    91%    94%    90%    92%    98%    96%
Oppose                1      6      6      6      5      7      6      1      4
DK/NA                 -      1      1      3      1      3      2      1      -
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Mar 06, 2019         93       5       2
Apr 26, 2018         93       5       1
Jan 11, 2018         91       6       2
Aug 03, 2017         94       4       1 
Apr 20, 2017         94       5       1 
Feb 23, 2017         93       6       1
Jun 06, 2016         89       9       2 
 
 
28. Do you support or oppose erasing criminal records for marijuana possession or use?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              63%    45%    80%    62%    62%    64%    64%    61%
Oppose               29     47     12     32     31     27     30     30
DK/NA                 8      8      8      6      7      9      6      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              77%    60%    64%    57%    63%    63%    63%    78%    60%
Oppose               19     35     29     31     31     29     30     15     31
DK/NA                 4      5      6     12      7      8      8      7      9