May 31, 2018 - Support For Gun Control Dips In Texas, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bare Majority For Arming Teachers Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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With big gender, party and racial divisions, Texas voters are divided on "stricter gun laws in the United States," as 49 percent support stricter laws and 45 percent are opposed, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

This is down from the 55 - 41 percent for stricter gun laws in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In today's results, support for stricter gun laws is 56 - 39 percent among women, with men opposed 51 - 42 percent. Support is 68 - 29 percent among black voters and 58 - 36 percent among Hispanic voters. White voters are opposed 53 - 43 percent.

Republicans oppose stricter gun laws 70 - 25 percent. Support is 79 - 17 percent among Democrats and 53 - 42 percent among independent voters.

There is no division among groups as Texas voters support 93 - 6 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Gun owners support universal background checks 92 - 7 percent.

There are gender, racial and party divisions as Texas voters support 51 - 45 percent allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds.

Voters with children under 18 years old in public schools support arming teachers and school officials 54 - 44 percent. Gun owners support the idea 69 - 28 percent.

"The tragedy at the Santa Fe school south of Houston changed few opinions among Texas voters about gun control. Support for gun control in general is down slightly, while support for background checks for all gun buyers is virtually unchanged," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

"While 51 percent of Texas voters want to arm teachers and other school officials, 87 percent of voters want armed security officers in the schools."

By a much larger 87 - 11 percent, Texas voters support having armed security officers in schools. Support is 77 percent or higher among every listed party, gender, education, age and racial group, including parents of schoolchildren and voters in gun households.

Texas voters support 64 - 27 percent holding parents legally responsible if their child commits a crime with the parent's gun. Support is consistent among all listed groups.

Voters also support 64 - 33 percent laws requiring that all guns be kept in a locked place. Gun owners are divided as 47 percent support such laws and 49 percent oppose them.

Texas voters support 50 - 44 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Again, there are wide gender, party and racial divisions.

Support for such a ban increases with age:
  • Voters 18 to 34 years old are divided, with 47 percent supporting a ban and 49 percent opposed;
  • Voters over 65 years old support a ban 57 - 35 percent.
From May 23 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 961 Texas voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 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, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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12. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              49%    25%    79%    53%    42%    56%    48%    39%
Oppose               45     70     17     42     51     39     48     56
DK/NA                 6      5      5      5      6      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              52%    46%    47%    56%    37%    47%    43%    68%    58%
Oppose               41     48     47     38     59     47     53     29     36
DK/NA                 6      6      6      6      4      6      5      4      6
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              39%    37%    57%    49%    35%    43%    42%
Oppose               55     58     37     44     61     53     55
DK/NA                 5      5      6      7      5      4      3
 
 
13. 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%    91%    98%    93%    91%    95%    94%    91%
Oppose                6      7      2      6      8      4      5      8
DK/NA                 2      3      -      1      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              96%    91%    93%    91%    88%    95%    92%    96%    95%
Oppose                3      7      6      8     10      4      7      4      4
DK/NA                 1      2      2      1      2      1      1      -      1
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              92%    92%    95%    94%    89%    90%    89%
Oppose                7      7      4      4      8      8      9
DK/NA                 1      1      -      3      3      1      1
 
 
14. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              50%    31%    83%    50%    41%    60%    46%    42%
Oppose               44     63     15     44     55     34     48     53
DK/NA                 5      5      2      6      5      6      7      4
 
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              47%    47%    52%    57%    34%    52%    44%    73%    56%
Oppose               49     49     43     35     63     40     51     23     42
DK/NA                 4      4      5      8      3      8      5      4      1
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              38%    33%    57%    46%    44%    43%    45%
Oppose               56     61     39     48     51     54     52
DK/NA                 5      5      5      6      5      3      3
 
 
15. Do you support or oppose laws requiring that all guns be kept in a locked place?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    53%    84%    62%    56%    72%    50%    61%
Oppose               33     44     12     35     41     24     46     36
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      3      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              66%    66%    62%    69%    45%    64%    55%    84%    74%
Oppose               33     32     35     27     52     32     41     11     24
DK/NA                 2      3      3      4      3      4      3      4      2
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              49%    47%    69%    63%    58%    61%    63%
Oppose               47     49     28     35     38     37     34
DK/NA                 3      3      3      2      4      2      3
 
 
16. Do you support or oppose holding parents legally responsible if their child commits a crime with the parent's gun?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    60%    68%    65%    68%    59%    64%    62%
Oppose               27     28     23     27     25     29     25     24
DK/NA                 9     12      9      8      7     12     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              65%    68%    59%    68%    65%    61%    63%    68%    64%
Oppose               27     26     32     21     25     25     25     26     30
DK/NA                 8      7      9     11     10     14     12      6      6
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              66%    66%    69%    61%    56%    65%    66%
Oppose               26     26     23     30     32     27     26
DK/NA                 8      7      8      9     12      8      9
 
 
17. Do you support or oppose allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              51%    78%    12%    50%    57%    45%    59%    69%
Oppose               45     18     83     47     39     51     37     26
DK/NA                 4      4      6      3      3      5      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              49%    48%    54%    51%    72%    58%    65%    17%    43%
Oppose               49     50     42     41     26     36     31     79     54
DK/NA                 1      2      4      8      2      6      4      4      3
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              65%    69%    48%    46%    62%    56%    54%
Oppose               32     28     47     49     35     42     44
DK/NA                 4      4      4      4      2      2      2
 
 
18. Do you support or oppose having armed security officers in schools?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              87%    95%    77%    85%    89%    85%    90%    91%
Oppose               11      4     19     14     10     12      8      6
DK/NA                 2      2      4      1      1      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              84%    86%    88%    88%    92%    90%    91%    81%    83%
Oppose               14     11     10      9      7      6      7     17     16
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      1      4      2      2      2
 
                                                        HAVE KIDS <18 YRS
                     GUN.........  DENSITY............         InPublic
                     HsHld  Owner  City   Suburb Rural  Yes    School
 
Support              93%    95%    85%    87%    92%    89%    88%
Oppose                6      4     13     11      6      9     10
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      2      2      2