The Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide on whether or not the second amendment should include the right to carry a concealed handgun. While the issue's fate will rest in the hands of the high court, we were curious what voters thought on this potentially divisive issue.
Overall, a strong majority (63%) of voters believed the second amendment should also include the right to carry a concealed gun. A plurality (36%) strongly agreed, while 29% disagreed (somewhat and strongly disagreed combined), and 8% were not sure.
Most sub-groups agreed that the second amendment to the constitution should also encompass the right to carry a concealed gun. A majority of voters supported concealed carry as a part of the second amendment, in all regions, but support was strongest in the West (66% agreed/27% disagreed) and South regions (64% agreed/29% disagreed). Concealed carry was also popular with the youngest voters-aged 18-29 (66% agreed/28% disagreed) and oldest-aged 65+ (53% agreed/39% disagreed), men (65% agreed/27% disagreed), women (61% agreed/30% disagreed), Democrats (58% agreed/35% disagreed), Republicans (76% agreed/17% disagreed), and all races-Blacks (54% agreed/32% disagreed), Whites (66% agreed/26% disagreed), and Hispanics (61% agreed/31% disagreed).
Finally, when it came to where voters lived, majorities of large city (68% agreed/27% disagreed), medium city (64% agreed/31% disagreed), suburban (56% agreed/33% disagreed) and rural voters (76% agreed/17% disagreed) agreed that the second amendment should also include concealed carry rights. The outlier were small city voters (48% agreed/36% disagreed), who were one of a handful of groups in which a majority did not agree about the right to carry a concealed weapon.
Zogby Analytics Poll Methodology
US Likely Voters
5/26/21 - 5/27/21
Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 868 likely voters in the US.
Using internal and trusted interactive partner resources, thousands of adults were randomly invited to participate in this interactive survey. Each invitation is password coded and secure so that one respondent can only access the survey one time.
Using information based on census data, voter registration figures, CIA fact books and exit polls, we use complex weighting techniques to best represent the demographics of the population being surveyed. Weighted variables may include age, race, gender, region, party, education, and religion. The party breakdown for this survey is as follows: 37% Democrat, 35% Republican and 28% Independent/unaffiliated.
Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 868 is +/- 3.3 percentage points. This means that all other things being equal, the identical survey repeated will have results within the margin of error 95 times out of 100.
Subsets of the data have a larger margin of error than the whole data set. As a rule we do not rely on the validity of very small subsets of the data especially sets smaller than 50-75 respondents. At that subset we can make estimations based on the data, but in these cases the data is more qualitative than quantitative.
Additional factors can create error, such as question wording and question order.
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