Gallup: Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans

posted at 1:11 pm on January 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Following up on a point made by Allahpundit from the WaPo/ABC poll on gun control, the latest survey from Gallup shows what an epic fail the media campaign for legislative and executive action has been.  The WaPo/ABC survey specifically focused on gun control, with the first three questions in the poll specific to the issue before asking about issue priorities in general.  Even with that kind of a lead-in, gun control only comes in fourth on concerns.

Gallup instead asks respondents in an open-ended question to identify the biggest problem facing the country, and gun control doesn’t even get an honorable mention:

Americans’ concerns about the federal budget deficit and government dysfunction rose high enough in January to knock unemployment out of the top two slots on Gallup’s “most important problem” list for the first time since 2009.

The poll finds 20% of Americans mentioning the federal budget deficit as the top problem, compared with 18% mentioning dissatisfaction with some aspect of government or government leaders, and 16% naming jobs or unemployment.

This distribution of open-ended responses to the “most important problem” question underscores a general shift from the dominance of concerns about the economy and unemployment to an increasing focus on problems more directly associated with government. The economy and unemployment had ranked as the top two problems each month since December 2009.

Now, the “dissatisfaction with government” percentage is as high as it has been since the Watergate days of 1974, although the precise ways in which these open-ended questions have been coded has changed somewhat during that time. The percentage mentioning the deficit as the top problem is as high as it has been since 1996.

So where do gun issues land on the list, after nearly a full month of intense media focus?  Er …. tied for sixth with four other issues at a whopping 4%, including “ethics,” “poor healthcare,” and “taxes,” which seems to be a mostly-resolved issue after the fiscal-cliff deal.  If we combine mentions of guns with “crime/violence,” it would move up to fifth place at 6%, barely edging “lack of money,” far behind “unemployment” at fourth place with 16%.

Even for those paying attention in nominally liberal areas, the numbers aren’t exactly pressing for significant action.  Survey USA polled Oregonians on gun rights and gun control, and a majority (54/38) not only prioritized gun rights over gun control, by a 2-1 margin (62/30) believe that gun rights protect citizens rather than make society more dangerous.  Among independents, those numbers are 58/37 and 72/20, respectively.  A 12-poing majority opposes bans on semi-automatic weapons (51/39), although a wide majority approves of a capacity limit (62/31).

Finally, Newt Gingrich asks the question that the media should have asked all along.  If gun control is the path to public safety, then Chicago should be the safest city in the nation … right?

“Well, I think it’s amazing that we’re having all this discussion about gun control: The president’s hometown, Chicago, is the murder capital of the United States. Over 500 people were killed there last year. Vice President Biden doesn’t seem to want to go there. I’m trying to get the House Republicans to hold hearings there. It’s illegal to have all the guns that are killing people in Chicago. If gun control works, Chicago ought to be safe,” said Gingrich.

And Washington DC, as well as Connecticut, which already had an assault-weapons ban in place.

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Americans aren’t the ones that matter, silly.

rogerb on January 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

is the hill the GOP can fight for Ed? Keep us posted.

DanMan on January 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Obviously, then, the tiny minority that are Conservatives hate children and Obama.

Love,
The Left

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

If gun control works, Chicago ought to be safe,” said Gingrich.

What do you mean? Chicago is what it is by democrat design. They like it that way. There’s not a Dem anywhere who really wants Chicago to be a safe city.

HotAirian on January 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Gallup: Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans

This is nothing less than Marxist Propaganda, not reflecting what Americans think, but attempting to tell Americans what they are suppose to think. Like a scene out of 1984. Winston strapped to a chair, eyes forced open being told, We have always been at war with…

President Obama to be arrested and Impeached.

SWalker on January 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Setting him up for the gotcha question…and failing!

PattyJ on January 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Violating the rights of law-abiding citizens and shredding the Bill of Rights usually isn’t a huge concern for most Americans.

I’m noticing fixing the damned economy, which we were told is done already by this administration, is still the most pressing item.

But then again, what the hell to we peasants know?

Good Lt on January 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Tyrants don’t care about polls.

RadClown on January 15, 2013 at 1:31 PM

BO is too big, too intellectual, too godly to worry about what the greatly misinformed little people think. That includes Congress by the way. He will just do what he wants via a stroke of his pen until such time he no longer needs a pen and only need speak for his wishes to be carried out.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

There are only two things that focus the human mind – one, when one is about to be hung and two, when one’s pocket is about to be picked.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Gun control after Sandy Hook — bread and circuses.

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The liberals want to dumb down this country, put it and us in a straight jacket. This country, as explicitly stated right from the start, values freedom essentially above all else. The Free and the Brave. That is us. The libs will take both of those things from us. The frontier spirit remains. But the libs, who think that they are superior and know better than the unwashed dumb members of the public like you and me, will crush the frontier spirit, the free, the brave.
Accidents will happen, and crazies will occasionally slip through the cracks with guns. This is sometimes the cost of a free society. Libs propose cures that are much worse than the disease. Take away our freedom and frontier spirit and we are stunted as a nation and a people. But the technocratic controlling liberals could care less about the frontier spirit and freedom that built this nation.

anotherJoe on January 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Gun control after Sandy Hook — bread and circuses.

Paul-Cincy on January 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

And grandstanding, using twenty tiny caskets and six more of heroic adults for a soapbox.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Finally, Newt Gingrich asks the question that the media should have asked all along. If gun control is the path to public safety, then Chicago should be the safest city in the nation … right?

Ed, I’ve noticed some intellectual dishonesty from you, or perhaps ignorance. Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

OT/ sort of… I just read on Lucianne that obama is going to surround himself with children during his “gun” take over tomorrow. Words can’t describe how disgusted I am with this person…

sandee on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

OT/ sort of… I just read on Lucianne that obama is going to surround himself with children during his “gun” take over tomorrow. Words can’t describe how disgusted I am with this person…

sandee on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I have the words. But they’re not for polite company.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I have the words. But they’re not for polite company.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Me too, but I don’t want to get the ban hammer…

sandee on January 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Obama truly believes that he has been given the mandate to do anything he wants.

albill on January 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

If gun control is the path to public safety, then Chicago should be the safest city in the nation … right?

And Washington DC, as well as Connecticut, which already had an assault-weapons ban in place.

and Croakland too …. but then who cares about those black kids dying everyday on the streets ? It’s when a bunch of white kids die that the thug from Sh1tcago is motivated to act.

burrata on January 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Me too, but I don’t want to get the ban hammer…

sandee on January 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

We’re both part of a good club.

I find this whole issue from the Left as a total offense. Instead of playing little liberal games, Oligula’s first comment should have been, “I’m giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to every one of the six heroes at Sandy Hook.”

Well, that’s what I would have announced, anyway.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM

And grandstanding, using twenty tiny caskets and six more of heroic adults for a soapbox.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I expect nothing less from the guy who campaigned ,
with 4 caskets from Benghazi as a backdrop.

burrata on January 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Ed, I’ve noticed some intellectual dishonesty from you, or perhaps ignorance. Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

So, you’re saying criminals might not obey gun laws? If that is so, why would more laws make us safe from criminals?

Let the weaseling begin…

trigon on January 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

BO is too big, too intellectual, too godly to worry about what the greatly misinformed little people think. That includes Congress by the way. He will just do what he wants via a stroke of his pen until such time he no longer needs a pen and only need speak for his wishes to be carried out.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And who is going to carry Obama orders? The 70% of the military that vote Republican?…

mnjg on January 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Me too, but I don’t want to get the ban hammer…

sandee on January 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

When I saw that, at first I thought it was about a hammer ban. After all, it would save more lives than an “assault weapons” ban.

Tyrone Slothrop on January 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

trigon on January 15, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Please don’t encourage him? The things he wrote yesterday were unbelievable, in a totally unpleasant way.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

It doesn’t matter what the public wants—it’s what these radical lefties want…

Now do yourself a favor and bookmark this for later…
Conservative Brain Candy Intellectual Froglegs

deedtrader on January 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Gallup: Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans

Like that ever meant anything to this Administration. Healthcare was way down on the list, too, but that didn’t stop it from making it the cause du année et un demi-année.

After it tackles gun control, it will make a hard pivot to jobs. Promise!

From 4 August 2011:

Awesomely Awesome News! Awesomely Awesome Obama Plans An Awesomely Awesome “Pivot” To Awesomely Awesome Jobs For The Awesomely Awesome 15th Time!

It’s awesome, I tell ya! Awesome!

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Ed, I’ve noticed some intellectual dishonesty from you, or perhaps ignorance. Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Yes the vast majority criminal elements in all cities are democrat voters… The point is tougher gun laws donot reduce crime rate as in the case of Chicago and every city controlld by liberals… So it is not that guns kill people it is the criminals (most democrat voters) who kill people…

mnjg on January 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Ed, I’ve noticed some intellectual dishonesty from you, or perhaps ignorance.
 
nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

 
Well done. This from the kid who fled the other thread after saying
 

“I would wager 100 bullets* is enough to last anyone a lifetime. And 20 or 30 would be enough in reality.”
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/14/gun-buybacks-dont-reduce-gun-violence-either/comment-page-1/#comment-6641632

 
*Yep, just the bullets.

rogerb on January 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

*Yep, just the bullets.

rogerb on January 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

So it is clear that “nonpartisan” is a liberal lunatic and a slave of the state…

mnjg on January 15, 2013 at 1:59 PM

rogerb on January 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

He doesn’t have the bullets or the gun to fit them. But he gets off shooting virtual people in video games.

Adam Lanza started out that way, too, didn’t he?

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Ed, I’ve noticed some intellectual dishonesty from you, or perhaps ignorance. Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Isn’t is ironic that the HOMICIDE RATE IS AT THE LOWEST IT HAS BEEN SINCE THE 1960s (and, perhaps, 1909 according to some databases like the Census and state records) and 49 states now have CCW laws enabling citizens to carry the means to protect themselves (soon all 50 will given Illinois’ law has been held unconstitutional by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals) and, yet, the Assault Weapons Ban a/k/a The Prohibition On Certain Guns With Cosmetic Changes That Make Them Look Skeery And Are Painted Skeery (And Racist!) Black Act EXPIRED NINE YEARS AGO?

Remember the “holocaust” that Dianne Feinstein predicted would occur if the expiration of the AWB was allowed to happen?

Yeah, me neither.

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM

The republicans in Congress are giving us a real life example of how all of us will be made to obey in the forthcoming Surrender Nation.

Does our Congress secretly feel this is a necessary prelude to ending entitlements or even entitlement reform?

meci on January 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Gallup: Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans

Hardest Hit: Piers Morgan.

Tim_CA on January 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

“Nonpartisan” would disarm Otis McDonald, a former sharecropper, veteran, and retired maintenance engineer, who just so happens to be African-American.

“Like the millions of law abiding gun owners in America, I am a peace loving person. I own firearms so that I can defend myself and my family, should that need arise. While I sincerely hope that I am never in the position of having to fire a gun in self defense, I rest easier at night knowing that I could stop an armed robber, racist attacker, terrorist, or home invader if the need arose. I also rest easier knowing that my wife could stop a rapist or murderer, rather than becoming a victim. The simple fact is that gun control laws don’t stop criminals from getting guns, and instead only disarm the law abiding citizens, making them easier targets for the criminals. Nor is it justifiable to deprive law abiding citizens of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self defense, just because criminals misuse guns, just as criminals misuse other tools…Given those facts, I would encourage my fellow law abiding citizens who do not yet own a gun to do the following: go shooting for the first time, choose the proper gun for self defense, purchase that gun, store the gun in a responsible manner, and become proficient at safely using that gun. Next, join the NRA to protect your right to have a gun for self defense. Doing so may save your life one day, and can also benefit society as a whole.”

- Otis McDonald, Patriot

Just so that you are aware, your government — in the form of Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, and Joe Biden — is contemplating a sort of “stamp tax” for gun ownership, ie, you’d have to pay $200 per gun, perhaps, per year. This fee could go much higher. This won’t go anywhere in the House, but…

Before you say, “Yeah! I LOVE that idea!,” just remember what your “Soak the rich!” rhetoric got you earlier this year.

That’s right! Your taxes went up and your paycheque will take a bigger hit than those in the $200,000 to $500,000 bracket. So, what would a, sort of, stamp tax on guns mean for you?

Only those that could afford it would be able to own guns. And, unless you wanted to join the ranks of other criminals, everyone else would be at the mercy of the government and remember that the police, for example, do not have a duty to come to your aid and assistance, under Supreme Court precedent.

So, the very people that claim to be the voice of minorities, women, the workers, and the middle class are the very same people, who would disarm them leaving them at the mercy of the “evil rich” and those, for whom gun control laws mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Yep, that’s you, Mr “nonpartisan” Gun-Grabber. “Screwed, Again!”…rocketing up the charts at Big Hit #2…with a bullet…in your first week of release. Congrats!

Whenever will you stop cheering begging the government to take away your rights?

Whenever will you stop being a racist, who tries to impose his values upon poor minorities?

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Hardest Hit: Piers Morgan.

Tim_CA on January 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Didn’t you see? Another ‘reason’ Morgan wants us to surrender our guns is because we can always be nuked by our own government. So there’s no point, according to the criminal Brit, that we keep our guns.

Liam on January 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Zero doesn’t care about what the polls say any more– he conned his way to get re-elected, now he has more “flexibility” to follow his radical idealogy to appeal to the far left

This is all red meat for his base

Little do they realize, their singular obsession with this is wasting what little productive time and capital he has in his 2nd term

Gun control in 2014 will be the Obamacare of 2010, it will be radioactive for them in the midterms. 7 Dem senators up for re-election in Romney states can’t be too happy

thurman on January 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Gun control way down the list of concerns for Americans

Like that ever meant anything to this Administration. Healthcare was way down on the list, too, but that didn’t stop it from making it the cause du année et un demi-année.

What concerns our Ruling Statist Elites is what matters most. What concerns the rest of us matters not, for to our elites, we aren’t capable of knowing whats best for our own well-being.

hawkeye54 on January 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Whenever will you stop cheering begging the government to take away your rights?

Whenever will you stop being a racist, who tries to impose his values upon poor minorities?

Resist We Much on January 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

“nonpartisan” is a slave of the State… Although it is true that Republicans (Lincoln) abolished physical slavery the democrats re-introduced it in a different way… the slavery to the State… A slavery of dependency on the producers tax money extorted by the State… The problem is that the “slaves of the State” enjoy their slavery… for now…

mnjg on January 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Morgan wants us to surrender our guns is because we can always be nuked by our own government. So there’s no point, according to the criminal Brit, that we keep our guns.

If our own government could always nuke us, would taking our guns even be relevant? Why bother with confiscation.

We have our guns so we have the potential to defend ourselves from such a government.

hawkeye54 on January 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Screw Gallup!

MCGIRV on January 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The media and progressives should quit now, because they should’ve quit awhile ago. They live in their own self-interested bubble, so when the media tries to show their point of view as the ONLY point of view, and the American people openly disagree, they come out with egg on their face once they fail at whatever it is they tried to push.

When all is said and done, everyone will think that they tried to use the tragic murders of young children to further a political cause, which is going to hurt their image a good bit. History is written by the winners, and if they lose this fight, we’ll retain the right to portray them however we like, media cover notwithstanding.

mintycrys on January 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

When all is said and done, everyone will think that they tried to use the tragic murders of young children to further a political cause, which is going to hurt their image a good bit. History is written by the winners, and if they lose this fight, we’ll retain the right to portray them however we like, media cover notwithstanding.

mintycrys on January 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

We are on the topic of baby-killers, right ?
Remember this ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drbo-MMIFw4

burrata on January 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

If you want to curb violent crime (gun deaths) in Chicago, stop the War on Drugs and reduce all direct Federal aid by ten per cent every six months to individuals without a proven disability and under the age of fifty while maintaining the aid for those under eighteen with direct oversight.

Attendance and grades will improve in the schools as well.

The downside? They’ll start voting Republican in Chicago- can’t have that.

///

M240H on January 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The Constitution, freedom and the rule of law way up and a huge concern to huge numbers of Americans who are ready to fight for said rights and freedoms.

Obama is a con man who bet on two 4′s aginst We The People who have a stright flush ready to call his bet with.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

So, your on the list to meet the boss’s of the mob in Chicago, they want to check you out for some “work” for them.

You go to the meeting and they ask you if you have a permit for the gun you will use in your work.

If you do not show them a gun you stole and that has no numbers on it most likely the last guy that passed the test would gun you down when you leave the room.

Only the mafia and commie Democrats what U.S. unarmed.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Just because Chicago has tough gun laws, does not mean it should be the safest. Maybe it has far more criminal elements in the city. So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

If criminals commit less homicides because of gun laws, maybe they wouldn’t commit any homicides at all, if we had homicide laws.

Gelsomina on January 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So the reality is that Chicago is likely to have even more crime and homicides without the gun laws.

nonpartisan on January 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

..are you willfully obtuse or just a low-grade moron?

The War Planner on January 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

If criminals commit less homicides because of gun laws, maybe they wouldn’t commit any homicides at all, if we had homicide laws.

Gelsomina on January 15, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Like how if we make selling any drug to anyone legal, we’ll have less deaths from drugs. And we’ll even get tax revenue!

/liberaltarian

Pretty dang pathetic ‘logic’ isn’t it?

MelonCollie on January 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

If our own government could always nuke us, would taking our guns even be relevant? Why bother with confiscation.

We have our guns so we have the potential to defend ourselves from such a government.

hawkeye54 on January 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

.
Remember the bit from “The Godfather” about,

“My father told the bandleader that in one minute either his signature or his brains would be on the contract.”

Apply the same to a critical thinking problem having to be solved by Piers Morgan – is there any chance he gets a correct answer in time to save himself?

Yea, I don’t think so either.

PolAgnostic on January 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

If the budget and deficit are high on “We The Peoples” agenda and gun control is low, why is The President of The United States so high on Gun control that he can not really do anything about? Except in some InterState and InterNational situations, Gun control is a matter for State rights to control.

Could it be that The President of The United States

1. Has only 20 days to present a workable Budget to Congress?
2. A deadline established by law?
3. A Deadline that he meet only once?
4. For a budget that the Senate has never passed?
5. To stay with in the debit ceiling that He wants to do away with?

MisTwiLies Run & Hide CYA
(Misleading, Twists and Lies)

Don’t be fooled. Demand your Constitutional rights to own and bear arms and for a debit free balanced budget.

jpcpt03 on January 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Criminals after all is said and done deal death to each other in much higher numbers than any law enforcement org. in the U.S.A..

Very likely all of these deaths by illegal guns used by killers with way to many notches on said guns.

To our large urban centers now, Tomestone Az. can not hold a candle.

“Free Fire Zones” better describe Democrat ruled cities.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

So this is a distraction, and red meat to the radical left at the same time.

In Obama’s book that counts as a win-win.

logis on January 15, 2013 at 4:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwuTo7zKM8&t=1m2s

MINSTREL: Brave nonpartisan ran away

NONPARTISAN: No!

MINSTREL (singing): Bravely ran away away

NONPARTISAN: I didn’t!

MINSTREL (singing): When danger reared its ugly head, He bravely turned his tail and fled

NONPARTISAN: No!

MINSTREL (singing): Yes Brave nonpartisan turned about

NONPARTISAN: I didn’t!

MINSTREL (singing): And gallantly he chickened out Bravely taking to his feet

NONPARTISAN: I never did!

MINSTREL (singing): He beat a very brave retreat

NONPARTISAN: Oh, lie!

MINSTREL (singing): Bravest of the brave nonpartisan

NONPARTISAN: I never!

MINSTREL (singing): Packing it in and packing it up
And sneaking away and buggering off
And chickening out and pissing off home
Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge

rogerb on January 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM