Poll: 71% of Americans say Obama shouldn’t have acted on gun control

A CNN Poll released this week by i46 shows 68% of Americans are worried about the increased level of violence in the U.S. and 72% approve of President Trump’s jobs speech this week. (See…

Poll: 71% of Americans say Obama shouldn't have acted on gun control

A CNN Poll released this week by i46 shows 68% of Americans are worried about the increased level of violence in the U.S. and 72% approve of President Trump’s jobs speech this week. (See Chart 1.)

Some important details from the poll:

— Many more people are concerned than not about the rise in violent crime.

— Sentiment within the three parties on who is most to blame ranges from a near-even split on terrorism vs. guns (28% each) to approval of President Trump’s speech on police morale versus not (79% vs. 21%).

— The hot-button issue of immigration/illegals is the most popular with the general public, as it is within the parties, 60% among Republicans, 56% of Democrats and 50% of independents.

Below are the breakdowns, including ratings on who should do what to stop the violence:

— A combined 82% of Democrats — including large majorities of all ideological groups — back building a wall along the southern border. (See Chart 2.)

— The upshot is that 73% of Americans say they back President Trump’s decision to deport those who entered the country illegally. (See Chart 3.)

— Overall, 52% say the U.S. government “must keep illegal immigrants in the country,” by which they mean keep them in jail until they can go through deportation proceedings.

(Democrats, by 52%-38%, are split on this question, and it doesn’t break along party lines. Independents support immigrants by 50%-36%. And Republicans by 86%-10% support deportation.)

So what should be done about the violence in our streets? The most popular answers among the survey’s respondents are doing more to reduce gun violence (58%), building a wall along the southern border (61%), and doing more to build law enforcement capacity against terrorists (56%).

Here are a few highlights on gun violence:

— More than 7 in 10 (71%) Americans say they are very or somewhat concerned that allowing guns in schools and universities could lead to more violence.

— In this week’s CNN/ORC poll, nearly six in 10 (58%) oppose the possible practice of allowing armed teachers in schools.

— A combined 40% of Americans say assault weapons should only be allowed for the use of police. A combined 36% say they should be allowed, however, for hunting/target shooting, and 27% say they should be allowed for all purposes.

— Among political groups, the split is 67%-26% among Democrats, 45%-31% among independents and 36%-25% among Republicans.

— And 62% say they approve of Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s statement at the Senate immigration debate this week saying he thinks that a compromise on immigration must include a path to citizenship for the millions who are here illegally.

The i46 survey was conducted July 18-21 with 1,003 adult Americans nationwide. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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