Friday, June 27, 2008

Here a Poll, There a Poll, Everywhere a Heller Poll

Newswires and web sites across the nation have been running various polls on the Heller decision, most unscientific. However the Washington Post ran some official statistical surveys on the Heller case and the Second Amendment, and the results were very interesting. According to the article:

72 percent of all Americans said they believe individuals have gun rights under the Second Amendment, that such protections are not limited to "militias." Twenty percent thought the constitutional guarantee covers "only the rights of the states to maintain militias."

So at least it appears that 72% of Americans are passing reading comprehension at this point. Unfortunately 20% aren’t, and the anti-Second politicos are more than willing to parade those sheep in front of cameras at any opportunity.

Now for the “fun” polls – granted these are the self-motivated polls and aren’t scientific, but it is fun to see how the demographics of the various online sources end up voting. The Washington Post also ran a quick vote:

On June 26, the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban. Do you agree with the decision?

Yes: 70%
No: 27%
Don't know: 1%
Created on Jun 26, 2008
Total Votes: 20,355

Fairly simple poll question, and it passes the “push poll” sniff test. It’s interesting that the Washington Post unscientific poll roughly mirrored their earlier scientific poll.

UK’s The Guardian also has a poll up, but the numbers haven’t changed in a while, so I wonder if its actually working:

On Thursday the US supreme court struck down Washington DC's 32-year-old gun ban as unconstitutional. Do you agree with the decision?

81.8% Yes
18.2% No

Fairly shocking that 80% would agree with the decision, especially in a UK publication. I’d take this one with a fairly large grain of salt (or maybe even a salt lick). I’d like to believe it, but if the numbers there were accurate, the UK would already be in revolution trying to get their firearms back!

MSNBC had their own more detailed poll which, in their typical style is far wordier:

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Washington D.C.'s handgun ban? * 21703 responses

Yes. The Second Amendment clearly establishes "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." - 87%
No. The Second Amendment's wording of the right to bear arms refers to militias, not to individual self-defense. - 13%

How do you feel about gun control? * 21728 responses

The regulation of all firearms is necessary to facilitate public safety. - 11%
The right to individual gun ownership is necessary to ensure freedom and personal security. - 65%
Americans have the right to bear arms, but certain types of guns should be restricted. - 24%

Do you own a gun? * 21450 responses

Yes: 72%
No: 28%

Okay – so right off the bat, the 2nd Amendment didn’t “establish” or “grant” anything – it affirmed an inalienable right. That which the Constitution establishes or grants can be taken away... which is exactly what the far left would like to do. Clearly more gun owners than non-gun owners responded to this poll, but it is interesting to see that at least a fairly large chunk of the non-gun owners did realize that the 2nd refers to an individual right.

It will be interesting to see how Heller plays out for the 2008 election cycle. The anti-Second crowd is going to be screaming for blood.

Until next time!!!

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