Wednesday, January 23, 2013


A new Pew poll says that a majority of Americans either support President Obama's gun control proposals or think they don't go far enough. Fewer than a third of Americans think the package of proposals is excessive.

I read this as a clear mandate for the proposals.

So what's Pew's headline?
"Mixed Reactions to Obama's Gun Proposals"
Pew's lede:
With the public paying close attention to the national debate over gun control, Barack Obama's gun proposals receive a mixed rating from the public. A 39% plurality say Obama's proposals are about right while another 13% say they do not go far enough. About three-in-ten (31%) say the president's proposals go too far; 17% do not offer an opinion.
No, that's not a mixed reaction. A majority of respondents want to go at least as far as Obama does. More than two thirds of respondents raise no objection.

Only the usual right-wing remnant -- the usual suspects who object to everything that doesn't come with the Fox/Limbaugh stamp of approval -- have a problem with the president's gun agenda. They're the 27 percenters, give or take 4. Why do we have to defer to them?


ALSO, TOO: It's not clear whether the 31% actually know what Obama is proposing. Guess we'll have to wait for another polling outfit (hello, PPP?) to tell us what percentage of these folks think Obama is proposing total confiscation of all firearms.


Victor said...

Like Washington DC, itself, too many polling outfits either skew Republican, or, describe results in a way that skews towards Republicans.

If it's true, as many Conservatives feel, that Obama is the Democrat's Reagan, we may see some change.
That's the good news.
The bad news? It'll take awhile.

Meme's aren't built in a day.

Philo Vaihinger said...

"Why do we have to defer to them?"

I dunno. Ask Harry Reid.