Over half of Arizona likely voters think guns laws should be stricter

Aug 29, 2019, 4:00 PM | Updated: Aug 30, 2019, 8:19 am
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PHOENIX – More Arizonans – 54% – are saying guns laws in the state aren’t strict enough, according to a poll of likely presidential election voters released Thursday. That’s up from 48% in the spring.

The OH Predictive Insights survey of 600 had a margin of error of 4%.

“The recent spate of gun violence across the country is clearly shifting public opinion,” Mike Noble, chief pollster for OH Predictive, said in a press release.

Those surveyed were also asked whether they or anyone in their home owned a gun. A majority of 52% weren’t gun owners.

The biggest jump came from voters who identified as independent. In the May poll, 43% said they thought the gun laws weren’t strict enough. In the latest poll, that had changed to 60%.

Republican support of better gun safety laws moved to 29%, up from 23% in May.

“In the last three months, the most notable demographic shift was among the coveted independent voter bloc,” Noble said.

The Phoenix-based researchers polled the group Aug. 13-14.

Breaking down the numbers, 234 Republicans, 203 Democrats and 163 independents participated. Women outnumbered men, 308-292.

The majority – 60% – lived in Maricopa County. Rural voters made up 24% of the poll takers.

“I think people are seeing that some action has to be taken at both the state level and the federal level,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos two weeks ago.

He said “red flag” legislation would allow law enforcement to temporarily take guns away from people who were deemed a danger to themselves or others by a judge.

Ducey added that kind of measure would protect law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights and still allow for due process.

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Over half of Arizona likely voters think guns laws should be stricter