How would you vote if these were referendum issues?
Gallup REPORTS that each of the nine proposals listed above is supported by a majority of Americans:
Given the chance to vote “for” or “against” each of nine key proposals included in President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence, Americans back all nine. Americans are most likely to be in favor of requiring background checks for all gun sales (91%), increasing funding for mental health programs aimed at youth (82%), increasing funding for programs to train law enforcement and schools in responding to active armed attacks (79%), and increasing criminal penalties for people who buy guns for others — so-called straw purchasers (75%).
These results are from a Gallup survey conducted Jan. 19-20. The question does not tell respondents that all nine proposals come from Obama’s recently released plan to reduce gun violence; however, the wordings used to describe them intentionally follow the White House’s “Now Is The Time” plan descriptions.
Notably, Gallup asked a question last week that gauged Americans’ immediate reaction to Obama’s proposed plan as a package, and found a slim majority, 53%, saying they would like their member of Congress to support it.
Obama’s plan covers four major aspects of gun violence prevention — gun laws, criminal justice, school security, and mental health funding — and each of these is represented in the top four rated proposals.