Could Obama be wasting valuable political capital by issuing an executive order on gun control?
Pew: 55% favor a ban on assault-style weapons (69% of Democrats and 44% of Republicans)... By a two-to-one margin (64%-32%), most favor putting armed security guards and police in more schools. But when it comes to more teachers and school officials having guns, most are opposed (40% favor vs. 57% oppose).
ABC/Washington Post: 52% say the Newtown shootings made them more supportive of gun control ... 58% support renewing the assault-weapons ban.
Gallup: 38% of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's gun laws and want them strengthened. This is up from 25% who held this set of views a year ago, and is the highest since 2001. Still, more Americans are either satisfied with current gun laws, 43%, or think they should be loosened, 5%.
Portland Press Herald of Maine: 55% have a gun on their property ... 79% of Mainers support some restrictions on owning guns, and 61% support banning high-capacity ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 bullets. 51% support banning semi-automatic guns. Notably, independent Sen. Angus King expressed coolness yesterday to an assault weapons ban: "The biggest issue to me is the size of the magazines," he said on CBS. "That's sort of the common thread that connects a lot of these massacres."
Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey: 61% support reducing violence in movies and video games. 45% are in favor of placing armed guards in public places.