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Old December 29, 2012, 10:26 PM   #5
gc70
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The cited poll contains powerful information, which will be more valuable when Reuters/Ipsos releases the entire poll results rather than the partial narrative approximations used in the article.

The most recent poll covers the period 12/23-27 and prior polls covered the periods 12/11-13 and 12/14-17. The timing of the polls is incredibly lucky, with the first poll ending the day before the Connecticut shooting, the second poll starting the day of the shooting, and the third poll about 10 days later. Taken together, the three polls will reflect a baseline, capture the height of emotional reaction to the incident, and show how quickly or to what degree emotional reactions fade or persist.

The results of the three polls are shown below.

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"Placing strong or moderate limits on gun ownership"
12/11-13 poll = 59%
12/14-17 poll = 69%
12/23-27 poll = "Nearly 7 in 10"

"gun ownership should have strong regulations or restrictions."
12/11-13 poll = 42%
12/14-17 poll = 50%
12/23-27 poll = 48%

"strongly supported or somewhat supported laws allowing law-abiding citizens to get a concealed-weapon permit"
12/11-13 poll = 74%
12/14-17 poll = 73%
12/23-27 poll = 69%

"strongly supported or somewhat supported laws allowing ... citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in public places,"
12/11-13 poll = 68%
12/14-17 poll = 66%
12/23-27 poll = 68%

"laws requiring background checks before someone purchases a gun"
12/11-13 poll = 88%
12/14-17 poll = 91%
12/23-27 poll = "Nearly nine in 10"

"limits on the number of guns someone could purchase in a particular time frame."
12/11-13 poll = 67%
12/14-17 poll = 69%
12/23-27 poll = "just over seven in 10"

"supported allowing law-abiding citizens to bring a firearm into a church, workplace, or retail establishment,"
12/11-13 poll = 33%
12/14-17 poll = 38%
12/23-27 poll = "nearly four in 10"

POLL QUESTIONS NOT MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE:

Support for "Laws allowing citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their own home"
12/11-13 poll = 86%
12/14-17 poll = 86%

Support for "Laws limiting the sale of automatic weapons (i.e. machine guns)"
12/11-13 poll = 73%
12/14-17 poll = 77%
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