Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Senators Need to Read Recent Zogby Poll

News media outlets this weekend were effectively wetting themselves to trumpet that the NRA’s attempts to derail the Sotomayor nomination had been a failure. However, the results of a recent Zogby Poll strongly indicate that the rank and file in the U.S. Senate may need to reconsider their support. The article gives the following background for the poll:

“Judge Sotomayor does not believe the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" and the right to self-defense are fundamental rights of all Americans. Specifically, Judge Sotomayor believes the Second Amendment only applies to the federal government and does not apply to the States, as indicated by her recent testimony and past rulings.”

It is unclear whether that background was provided those surveyed. However, the poll did ask the following question:

"Would you support or oppose a U.S. Senator who voted to confirm a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court who does not believe in the right to keep and bear arms and the right to self-defense?"

The response was encouraging. Based on the article acceptable responses were “support, oppose, or unsure.” Overall 52% of those polled would oppose the Senator’s re-election bid whereas only 26% would support the Senator. Among Independents the split was 57% to 17%. Somewhat troubling, but not surprising, is that young voters (18-29) show slightly lower numbers with 49% opposing and 31% supporting. With all of the anti-firearm propaganda in schools today, it’s not surprising that younger voters are slightly skewed. Traditionally Democratic leaning Unions also overwhelmingly opposed such a Senator by a 54% to 29% margin. Even a plurality of Hispanics opposed (42% to 28%), with the caveat that the number of undecided voters was 30%.

Zogby also covered another hot button topic in the Senate – concealed carry laws. The poll asked:

"Currently, 39 states have laws that allow residents to carry firearms to protect themselves, only if they pass a background check and pay a fee to cover administrative costs. Most of those states also require applicants to have firearms safety training. Do you support or oppose this law?"

This time the results were an absolute grand slam:

“An overwhelming majority of Americans (83 percent) support concealed-carry laws, while only 11 percent oppose them. A majority of Independent voters (86 percent), Democrats (80 percent), young voters age 18-29 (83 percent), Hispanic voters (80 percent), and those who voted for President Obama (80 percent) support the right to carry a firearm.”

What amazes me is how far apart the views of the People are from the views of our so-called “representatives.” The Thune Amendment failed by a 58-39 vote, yet Americans support concealed carry by more than 8-1!!! It is a sad testament to our political process that individuals with an agenda clearly hostile to our rights hold such sway in the halls of Congress.

What is encouraging is that more and more Americans are becoming cognizant of their rights, and they’re standing up for them. Hopefully that will translate to something more than just letting Zogby know of their opinion. Real change comes in the voting booth.

Until next time!!!


Troy said...

Good news and bad, a recurring theme lately... Still, very encouraging, except for the young-voters part. I wish more gun-friendly people would impart their views on children!

Fingolfen said...

Honestly I'm impressed the young person vote is as good as it is at this point. It's going to take a long time to undo 20 years of propaganda...