2020 RI Statewide Poll on Gun Safety and Gun Violence Prevention
71.5% Favor Limiting Magazines to 10 Rounds
Breakdown by party:
By a 2 to 1 Margin
Rhode Islanders said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who favors limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds.
19 of the 20 deadliest shootings in the last decade have included the use of large capacity magazines.
Almost all occured in minutes, with shooters firing dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of bullets.
70.5% Favor Banning Assault Weapons
Breakdown by Party:
63% Said owning an assault weapon for the home is unnecessary
Rhode Islanders are Largely Unaware that Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York Have Already Enacted These Bans:
of Large Capacity Magazine Bans in MA, CT, NY
of Assault Weapon Bans in MA, CT, NY
Overwheming Support for Licensing and Registration
- 80.7% favor shotgun and rifle licensing (not currently required)
- 77.2% favor shotgun and rifle registration (not currently required)
- 88.3% favor continuing of handgun licensing
- 76.8% favor handgun registration (not currently required)
Large Marjorities Favor Gun Owner Responsbility
- 92% favor requiring owners to report stolen guns
- 74.8% favor holding gun owners liable when their guns are used in crimes
2 to 1 Favor More School Counselors
- In a trade-off for tax dollars, 53.8% support investing in mental health and emotional support counseling in K-12 public schools
Less Than 20% of Rhode Islanders Own a Firearm
Rifle or Shotgun
Poll included 600 completed surveys with residents of RI, 18 years or older, from March 1-11, 2020. Associated margin for error of +/- 4.0% at a 95% confidence level. Poll conducted by the Center for Research for Public Policy, Inc. CRPP has been conducting public opinion polling, nationally and statewide, on gun safety/violence issues since 1979. They manage the polling institutes at 8 major colleges and universities nationwide. More about CRPP at www.crpp.com.
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