POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Utahns weigh-in on gun policy

Sep 11, 2019, 1:52 PM
Guns for sale at The Gun Vault in South Jordan Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (Deseret News file)...
Guns for sale at The Gun Vault in South Jordan Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (Deseret News file)
(Deseret News file)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The ongoing conversation surrounding gun control policy has seemingly split politicians in Washington.  And a recent Utah Policy Analytics poll shows it’s proving to be a divisive issue in Utah as well.

Overall, Utah tends to lean conservative and the numbers reflect that.

Of those surveyed, 42-percent said they trusted Republicans in Congress to handle gun policy, compared to only 36-percent better trusting Democrats and 22-percent being unsure or having no opinion.

When polling men only the divide increases, with 47-percent trusting Republicans versus only a third of men choosing Democrats. Those who reported they remain unsure as to who to trust totaled 20-percent.

A big change in the numbers occurs when considering only female input.

In that scenario, 40-percent of women reported trusting Democrats in Congress more. Only 36-percent better trust Republicans and 24-percent remain unsure.

The issue of guns in America has become a highly partisan one, and often an individual’s overall political beliefs will mirror their stance on gun control.

For example, 90-percent of those polled identifying as “strong” liberals trusted Democrats more on gun control, while only 1-percent better trusted Republicans and 9-percent were unsure.

That trend is almost identical on the other side of the aisle, as 91-percent of “strong” conservatives reported they trust Republicans more on the issue, versus only 1-percent better trusting Democrats and 9-percent remaining unsure.

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