Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Broadly Supportive

A new CNN/ORC poll found 67 percent of those polled are in favor President Obama’s executive actions regarding gun ownership, and 32 percent oppose them.  Support designed to expand background checks to cover more gun purchases made online or at gun shows will make it easier for the FBI to complete background checks. 
Approval came across party lines, with majorities of 85 percent of Democrats, 65 percent of independents, and 51 percent of Republicans in favor of the changes.
The American public is broadly supportive of the executive actions aimed at increasing the reach of federal background checks for gun purchases and improving existing laws.
Skepticism about the effectiveness of Obama’s executive actions is widespread, with almost 6 in 10 claiming the measures will not be effective in reducing the number of gun-related deaths That sentiment is particularly strong among gun owners, 75 percent of whom say they doubt the changes will reduce gun deaths.
Obama’s approval rating climbed 8 points for handling gun policy, since a late-December CNN/ORC Poll, with increases coming primarily among Democrats.
Despite a shift toward the positive in reviews of Obama's handling of gun laws, most Americans opposed his use of executive actions to make the changes, 54 percent oppose it, while just 44 percent support executive action.  
Indeed, the partisan divide is wide, with 78 percent of Democrats insisting they favor Obama's use of executive actions, while 79 percent of Republicans oppose it.  Independents generally oppose the move, 61 percent opposed to 37 percent in favor.
The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted January 5-6 among a random national sample of 1,027 adults.  Results based on the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, the margin for error in subgroups is larger.


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