Governing Influence: How Party Affiliation Shapes Gun Control Views Among Independents

In our recent issue of Truth On-Demand™, our team made a significant observation - Independents who live in states with GOP Governors are less likely to support gun control measures than those who live in states with Democratic Governors.

David Burrell

by David Burrell, CEO at Wick

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Partisan Divide: How State Governance Influences Independent Views on Gun Control

Our findings, taken from a recent public opinion poll conducted by the Wick Insights team, shed light on the intricate interplay between political context and policy preferences within the Independent voter demographic.

Public opinion on gun control measures has long been a subject of interest and debate in the United States. In this article, we delve into the nuanced relationship between partisan affiliation, state governance, and Independent voters’ stances on key gun control proposals. Specifically, we explore how living in states with GOP governors vs. Dem. governors impacts Independent voters’ viewpoints on banning assault rifles and wait periods for gun purchases.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nationally, 53% of Independents support a ban on assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons. However, this level of support varies significantly when accounting for the state governance within Independents. For independents residing in states led by Democratic governors, support for the ban increases to 57%, while in states with GOP governors, it dips to 49%.

  • 67% of Independents support a 30-day waiting period for all gun purchases, but similarly, the level of support varies when the data is segmented depending on the governor’s party. Amongst Independents with Democratic governors, support for the waiting period increases to 75%, compared to 59% in states led by GOP governors.

The data reveals distinct variations in support for assault rifle bans and waiting periods based on the political orientation of a state’s governor. Our team at Wick Insights will continue to study how the governance of a state can lead to shifts in attitude within a demographic group towards different issues & policies.

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