Gallup poll shows gun violence still among lowest priorities for Americans

posted at 10:01 am on May 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And there is, of course, a rational reason for this — even according to the Department of Justice, gun violence has dropped by 39% over the last twenty years.  Despite the media attention that gets fixed on gun crimes such as Sandy Hook and Aurora (but curiously not in Chicago, home of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws), the truth is that violence of all kind has been declining over the last generation, and rapidly so in terms of gun crime.  Even if people don’t seem to be acutely aware of the statistics, the lack of prioritization of gun violence over other issues in previous polling makes a great deal of sense, media hysteria notwithstanding.

Some objected to previous issues polling, especially by Gallup, with the complaint that asking about the single most pressing issue skewed the results (gun issues garnered no more than 4-6% over the last six months) and didn’t account for multi-issue activism.  Gallup addresses that in a new poll on issues prioritization by asking respondents to prioritize an entire list of issues rather than just choose one.  Guess which one ended up on the bottom?

Americans put reforming immigration and reducing gun violence — the focus of much of the attention on Capitol Hill in recent weeks — at the bottom of a list of 12 priorities for Congress and the president to address. Americans instead say leaders in Washington should give highest priority to jobs and the economy, followed by making government work more efficiently and improving the quality of education.

Democrats put a much higher priority on the issue, but even then it scores almost at the bottom of their concerns relative to all the others:

But Democrats and Republicans give vastly different ratings to two issues — access to healthcare and reducing gun violence. Democrats are more than 30 points more likely than Republicans to say improving access to healthcare and reducing gun violence should be top or high priorities for Congress and the president. The differences in views of healthcare may reflect the highly politicized nature of the Affordable Care Act, and the divergent perspectives on gun violence underscore that this issue has taken on significant political overtones.

That analysis is actually a little misleading, although not intentionally so.  Gun violence does score higher as a priority among Democrats, but at 73% it comes in fourth to last.  Only “reducing the federal deficit” (61%), “reforming the tax code” (57%), and “reforming immigration” (44%) fall below it.

Wait — immigration reform?  The other big project of the White House and Congress only interests 44% of Democrats? Heck, 55% of Republicans consider that a priority.  Speaking of Republicans, “reducing gun violence” only gets 40% and comes in last — and it comes in last among independents, too, at 50%.

So why are the two biggest initiatives this year for Democrats — immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans, and two of the lowest priorities among members of their own party?  One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

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One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

Saying they are out of touch implies that they don’t know precisely what they are doing.

Fenris on May 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

So why are the two biggest initiatives this year for Democrats — immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans, and two of the lowest priorities among members of their own party? One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

It might be that pols find it easier to advance legislation when they know a minority of their constituency cares about it. And thus the rush to legislate, before a majority starts caring.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Poor mika and joe

Keep up your daily rant though

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

….immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans

Quit clinging to your guns and bibles you racist rednecks.

BacaDog on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Well, this is problem for Obama. So, we need MORE gun violence to make him right about the issue. /total snark

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So why are the two biggest initiatives this year for Democrats — immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans, and two of the lowest priorities among members of their own party? One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

Because being “in touch” with the economy, foreign affairs, and debts and deficits would far to easily define their complete and total failure in them.

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Quit clinging to your guns and bibles you racist rednecks.

BacaDog on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

No. ;-)

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Gallup poll shows gun violence still among lowest priorities for Americans

To which, Obama’s senior advisor on gun violence, Dan Pfeiffer, replied, “Oh, shoot!”

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Bull. Clearly there is a 90% majority of Americans who want all guns banned and a wide open borders policy, Barky said so.

Why do you people majorities?

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Goes right along with spending all that time on ObamaCare, when the country wanted the time spend on jobs and the economy.

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Goes right along with spending all that time on ObamaCare, when the country wanted the time spend on jobs and the economy.

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Obama is campaigning for jobs. Why isn’t that enough for you hateful Conservatives? /

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I read yesterday that The Onion ran a parody article detailing how the Aurora, CO shooter, James Holmes, has been made president of the NRA.

In that same spirit, I suggest President Obuggerme name Dr. Kermit Gosnell as Surgeon General.

In the meantime, I shall scrounge more ammo … it’s for the children.

M240H on May 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

They don’t care Ed… This is about what THEY want… And even if that means 99% wants other problems solved first the 1% know better than you and will write laws to make you conform.

How does this work? Yesterday my town held a referendum to levy a tax to grant a 100 million dollar expansion of the school system because, when they did this 5 years ago to cover the next 10 years of growth their numbers were wrong. The school system, along with all the unionized teachers ran a massive publicity campaign funded by our tax dollars and, of course, teacher union funds and the local (leftist) press dutifully reported every talking point with no press for the opposition.

It was the only thing on the ballot.

There was a 10% turn out and it passed with 68%. Today the same press announced this was a win for how “forward” thinking our town was and how the school system is soooo smart to run these referendums in an off season off primary vote (which is how they passed the last 100 million tax).

This is how stuff gets done in the US now… Those in power who want to line their pockets from the government trough game the system so long as their cause is just.

Frankly I don’t think Obama cares if gun control passes or not… Hes using it to keep his base energized and sending him money – If it does pass its a double win for him.

Skywise on May 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Obama is campaigning for jobs. Why isn’t that enough for you hateful Conservatives? /

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Correct. Just yesterday Dog Eater said, “We need more jobs for the unemployed.”

If that isn’t astute leadership, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Like Obama cares about what the people want or what’s good for the country.

He cares about what his interest groups want and what is good for Obamacrats. And that’s it.

Good Lt on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Liberals are hysterical over this — there isn’t enough gun violence for them to win on this issue.

If you want to be part of Obama’s America, law-abiding Americans need a new slogan…

“Shoot your neighbor today.”

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

$100 says Obama will ask the country to “reset” their assessment of him, and allow him to start over.

Obama is campaigning for jobs. Why isn’t that enough for you hateful Conservatives? /

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

His campaign promises come with an expiration date. All of them. Why do you still give him any credibility in what he says? Do you like being lied to?

BobMbx on May 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Why do you people majorities?

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Why do you English? ;P

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

So why are the two biggest initiatives this year for Democrats — immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans, and two of the lowest priorities among members of their own party?

Because progressives only care about “social issues”, specifically ones they can use to gain power. Disarming the peasantry and creating a permanent class of “undocumented voters” is the progressive idea of Utopia In The Making.

I’m not surprised that Dems rank deficit reduction as something they simply don’t care about. To them, it’s all somebody else’s money, and therefore free. And if everything goes smash (which they simply don’t believe can happen), so what? It will just be one more stepping-stone to their Radiant Future, as they build the new egalitarian society on the ruins.

They either don’t see the misery they will cause, just don’t care (“sacrifices must be made in the name of the Cause”), or are actively hoping for it. After all, they believe there are too many people (other than their own perfect selves) anyway.

Which leads right back to the original point. Logically, if you think there are too many people, you obviously don’t want them to be able to resist when the inevitable “rectifications” are instituted. And having enough “shadow votes” to enact whatever you please certainly helps to overcome any legal roadblocks to your vision.

Kodos of Tarsus IV would be so proud of them.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Correct. Just yesterday Dog Eater said, “We need more jobs for the unemployed.”

If that isn’t astute leadership, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Leading from the golf course. With a handicap, no less!

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Why do you still give him any credibility in what he says? Do you like being lied to?

BobMbx on May 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

It’s like being with a beautiful Vegas $300/hr hooker. It’s really cool when she says, “I only have eyes for you.”

Then the fantasy is gone when she walks out the door.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Obama is campaigning for jobs. Why isn’t that enough for you hateful Conservatives? /

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Correct. Just yesterday Dog Eater said, “We need more jobs for the unemployed.”

If that isn’t astute leadership, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

It lacked the “pivot and focus” (the P&F to those on the inside) that is required from someone of such a high intellectual caliber as Obama.

Without the P&F who knows what he is talking about. Jobs? Like Steve Jobs?

See? No way of knowing is there…

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I’m guessing Gallop did no polling in the gang infested neighborhoods of our major metropolitan areas.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Libs will give their now standard response “What does it matter now anyway?”

kirkill on May 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

If you want to be part of Obama’s America, law-abiding Americans need a new slogan…

“Shoot your neighbor today.”

On Chicago’s South Side, that’s usually on the “to do list” for some.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Correct. Just yesterday Dog Eater said, “We need more jobs for the unemployed.”

If that isn’t astute leadership, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Sounds like something a graduate of the Chauncey Gardener School of Leadership would say.

BobMbx on May 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The carrion-feeding pimp is going nowhere.

———-
OT – Sophie, for you.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

On Chicago’s South Side, that’s usually on the “to do list” for some.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Gun-grabbers and other liberals don’t count that.

Now, stop being racist, you…you…you…Conservative!

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

So why are the two biggest initiatives this year for Democrats — immigration and gun control — two of the lowest priorities for Americans, and two of the lowest priorities among members of their own party? One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

They’re not “out of touch” – these are charlatanic thugs, out for power and power alone, while the Oaf in Chief preaches to graduates “don’t listen to the cynics”. May the narcissistic Pinocchio/Machiavelli/Orwell/Muenchhausen, all in one, go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Look over the jurisdictions with the most draconian gun laws…then compare these to those jurisdictions with the most gun violence…

People! Wake up!!!

Guns don’t kill people!

Stupid restrictive gun laws kill people!!!

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Correct. Just yesterday Dog Eater said, “We need more jobs for the unemployed.”

If that isn’t astute leadership, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

“As I said, I’m leading from behind” — Obama

The world laughs its collective azz off at the US.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

What — no trolls to stand on caskets again?

nonpartisan is slipping.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

To ALL journalists, bloggers, and anyone else who makes their living documenting human drama . . . . . . . . . . . .

Is it too much to politely request (on my part) that this misuse of the word “violence” stop ?

Why not “gun crime”, “shooting(s)”, “murdered with a gun(s)”, “criminal activity in which guns were used”, etc ?
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We have misused the the word “violence” to mean “any unlawful assault/killing/homicide”, and if a gun is used, we call it “gun violence”.

ALL use of firearms has to be considered “violent”, in that an ignited powder charge, burning very fast and creating very HIGH pressure, driving a ‘projectile’ down the barrel, out the muzzle at speeds ranging 800+ to at or over 4000 feet per second, is VIOLENT.

A dynamite charge detonated within a quarry is violent, any way you look at it. A jack-hammer IS violent. A bulldozer cutting into the land, pushing over everything in it’s path is violent.

What athletic sports are not violent ?

We are allowing all legitimate use of ‘violent force’ to be stigmatized as bad, and there’s no validity for it.

Sincerely, listens2glenn.

listens2glenn on May 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

What — no trolls to stand on caskets again?

nonpartisan is slipping.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Or is he being a typical liberal: a COWARD?

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Zip it, bigot.

Dog Eater had a couple of guys wearing hardhats standing with him at the podium, people who are obviously experts at “jobs”. When you include such human props it automatically means you’re smarter than everyone else.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

One could not ask for a better demonstration of being out of touch than these results.

Ed Morrisey

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Saying they are out of touch implies that they don’t know precisely what they are doing.

Fenris on May 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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Touche.

listens2glenn on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

nonpartisan is slipping.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

That nonserious person is still quivering from the beating he got last night.

cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A Lib Dem MP Gives Voice To Britain’s National Sickness

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

That nonserious person is still quivering from the beating he got last night.

cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

The fun part is he’ll back for more.

Liberals are so easy to trash, we should be ashamed of ourselves.

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I do believe there was a major cover up with Benghazi, but the RINOs are using it right now as a way to channel an angry conservative base away from focusing on amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens and onto Obama and Hillary. It’s the same deal with the talking heads on Fox. Keep up the pressure on these scoundrels in Congress.

Wigglesworth on May 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Zip it, bigot.

Dog Eater had a couple of guys wearing hardhats standing with him at the podium, people who are obviously experts at “jobs”. When you include such human props it automatically means you’re smarter than everyone else.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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“Pivot & focus ?”

I must be lacking the “high intellectual caliber” of all of you.

I don’t know what that means.

listens2glenn on May 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hey Mr. President.IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID. Obama is using the gun control, immigration, and gay issues to smokescreen his dismal economic policies, marxist agenda and Benghazi disaster.

kemojr on May 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Zip it, bigot.

Dog Eater had a couple of guys wearing hardhats standing with him at the podium, people who are obviously experts at “jobs”. When you include such human props it automatically means you’re smarter than everyone else.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I blame my inherent racism and “the shoulder thing that goes up” for not seeing that.

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The 3rd picture, from top, is blank.

Europe going to Hades, faster than the US.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I blame my inherent racism and “the shoulder thing that goes up” for not seeing that.

Gatsu on May 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Well good. Embrace your homophobia, bigot.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM

The news all over is in your face for rating. False perception of increased gun violence.

It’s ignorance, all around. Anyone that is this ignorant about something as common sense has likely lost themselves on their libtard facebook account.

TX-96 on May 8, 2013 at 11:13 AM

90%.

Math is hard when you’re a liberal.

CurtZHP on May 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

…where’s gummeandpokeme for this poll/pole?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

…where’s gummeandpokeme for this poll/pole?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The result doesn’t the the liberal meme, so ‘it’s not worth commenting on’.

I mean, obviously, NRA money bought the results. /

Liam on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat important to find out exactly what happened in the events surrounding the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others in Benghazi, Libya, last September. That includes 51% who regard it as Very Important.

Democrats claim they care about what the majority wants…

ITguy on May 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

It’s very obvious that Barky has no intention of doing anything about jobs other than spend more money. That’s the only thing his Marxist ideology prescribes – he knows no other economics.

What I don’t understand is why the Pubbies aren’t wrapping this thing around his neck. Maybe they’re waiting for January 2014 or something.

Sheesh.

jclittlep on May 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Sooooooooo,

gun violence down,for twenty years,
and the Lefty’s are full-tilt leaning
forward for Gun Grabbing Gun Control!!

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM