Despite advancing five new gun control bills in the Senate on Friday, Democrats may be, ahem, shooting themselves in the feet with voters, according to new polling data. Two-thirds of Coloradans (65%) say these new gun control laws won’t reduce crime or make the state any safer, and nearly half (48%) of voters say they would be less likely to vote for their State Senator if he or she supports gun control bills.
Public Opinion Strategies pollster Rob Autry warned Democrats of some of the perils of pursuing this radical legislation in a memo outlining the poll results:
“Democratic legislators also have to be mindful that even members of their own partisan coalition are conflicted about this proposed legislation. While only 8% of Democrats oppose all of the gun control measures we tested, 70% of Democratic voters oppose one or some combination of the proposals (either the comprehensive package, the background checks, the liability claim, or the high-capacity magazine ban).”
Translation: the gun package is a non-starter even with 70% of Democrats. But, it’s not just Democrat voters that should worry the Democrat-controlled Colorado State House and Senate, according to Autry. The Independents also view the proposed gun control legislation warily. Autry explained:
“For the most part, the highly politically prized Independent voting bloc also opposes the key gun control measures we tested in this survey. Fully 69% oppose passing the comprehensive legislation (33% oppose outright, 36% think it goes too far), 84% oppose holding manufacturers and sellers liable, and 55% oppose the high-capacity magazine ban when presented with both sides. …On the whole, Independents are more inclined to agree with Republicans (and gun owners), than with Democrats (and anti-NRA allies).”
Perhaps veteran Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray) said it best when he told The Weekly Standard that “these poll numbers prove that Governor Hickenlooper and the Democrats are listening to Bloomberg and Biden instead of Coloradans.”
If Senate Democrats had listened to Coloradans, we wouldn’t even be writing this post, according to Autry’s data:
“Colorado voters want to see the Governor and State Legislature focus on the economy and jobs, first and foremost. When asked to identify the top legislative priorities for the current year, economic issues top the list (52%), followed by improving public education (40%), and balancing the state budget (27%). Passing gun control legislation ranks sixth out of the nine issues tested – with only 14% saying the issue is something they want the Governor and legislature to focus on this year,” writes the pollster.
Don’t worry. Next up for the Democrat-controlled legislature are job-killing regulations for oil and gas. Sounds like the Democrats will continue to ignore Coloradans and pursue their own far-left, East Coast-inspired agenda.