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Voters Still Question Motives of Politicians Who Raise Gun Issues

Monday, August 12, 2019

Democrats were quick to blame President Trump and Republicans in general – and fundraise off the tragedy - following the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Perhaps this helps explain why most voters remain skeptical of how politicians respond to gun incidents.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters believe most politicians raise gun-related issues just to get elected. Only 25% think they do so to address real problems. Still, this compares to 74% and 15% respectively a year ago, so there’s less skepticism after the latest killings. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 8 and 11, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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