By an overwhelming majority a new Rasmussen Reports national survey says a majority of likely voters “say the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun.”
Alarmingly, 16 percent of survey respondents disagree, and Rasmussen notes that “Voters under 40 are significantly less likely (64%) to say the Constitution guarantees the right to own firearms than are older voters (82%).”
Bad luck for them because the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled twice in this century that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.
According to Rasmussen, 40 percent of Democrat voters favor repealing the Second Amendment, which is lower than the 46 percent who oppose repeal. Republican voters by a 72 percent margin oppose repealing the amendment as do 70 percent of independent voters, the survey revealed.
The last time Rasmussen asked Second Amendment questions was in 2018.
This time around, survey respondents were strongly supportive of gun rights. Rasmussen said 89 percent of Republican voters believe the Constitution guarantees the right of average citizens to own a gun, as to 79 percent of Independents. Only among Democrats does the percentage decline, to 62 percent. This suggests Democrats may not be “mainstream” in America, but out in left field.
How this translates politically could be a speed bump for Democrats now keen on pushing through stricter gun control laws, with Joe Biden leading the charge.
According to Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Biden’s job performance has a 49 percent approval rating from American voters, while 50 percent disapprove. Thirty-two percent strongly approve but 42 percent strongly disapprove.
Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the survey is that so many likely voters cling to the notion that the Second Amendment only guarantees the right of states to form militias for the common defense rather than protecting an individual right.
On other stunning revelation of the Rasmussen survey is that 69 percent of those people employed by government are less likely to say the right of gun ownership is guaranteed by the Constitution. Meanwhile, 79 percent of private sector workers believe in the individual right interpretation while 80 percent of retirees do as well.
As noted by Rasmussen, “President Biden’s strongest supporters are the most likely to support repealing the Second Amendment. Among voters who strongly approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 42% favor repeal of the Second Amendment and 41% are opposed. By contrast, among voters who strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance, 81% are opposed to repealing the Second Amendment.”
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