2020 RI Statewide Poll on Gun Safety and Gun Violence Prevention

71.5% Support Limiting Magazine Capacity to 10 Rounds

Breakdown by party:
85.1% Democrat
68.6% Independent
60.2% Republican

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.

15 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:
86.3% Democrat
71.3% Independent
51.1% Republican

 

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:

70.5% Unaware

of Large Capacity Magazine Bans in MA, CT, NY

66% Unaware

of Assault Weapon Bans in MA, CT, NY

70.5% Favor Banning Assault Weapons

Breakdown by Party:
86.3% Democrat
71.3% Independent
51.1% Republican

 

63% Said an assault weapon for the home is unnecessary

70.5% Unaware of Large Capacity Magazine Bans in MA, CT, NY

66% Unaware of Assault Weapon Bans in MA, CT, NY

Large Majorities Support Common-Sense Gun Safety Laws

  • 88% favor continuing of handgun licensing
  • 81% favor shotgun and rifle licensing
  • 92% favor requiring owners to report stolen guns

2 to 1 Favor Counseling in Schools

In a trade-off for tax dollars, 53.8% of Rhode Islanders opted for investing in mental health and emotional support counseling in K-12 public schools.

Less Than 20% of Rhode Islanders Own a Firearm

18.5%

Handgun

17.5%

Rifle/Shotgun

7.9%

Assault Weapon

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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