January 2013 Post-ABC poll - Guns, politics and governing priorities

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy?

Q: Do you support or oppose Obama's nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense?

Q: Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

Q: Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the policies Obama will pursue in his second term in office?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are doing their job?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are doing their job?

Q: Do you think Obama is doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?

Q: Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues?

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give the economy?

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give reducing federal spending?

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give restructuring the federal tax system? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give slowing the rate of growth in spending on Medicare and Social Security? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give enacting stricter gun control laws? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give addressing global warming, also known as climate change? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give addressing immigration issues? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give addressing gun violence? (Asked of half sample)

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: he understands the problems of people like you?

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He is a strong leader?

Q: If Congress does not raise its borrowing limit in February, the federal government will have to default on its loans and/or shut down some of its operations. Some people say the borrowing limit should be raised only if spending cuts also are put in place. Others say the two issues should be kept separate. Do you think raising the borrowing limit should be tied to spending cuts, or should these be kept as separate issues?

Q: (IF Tied to spending cuts) If Congress and the Obama administration do not agree on spending cuts, should the borrowing limit be raised anyway OR should the government default on its loans and/or shut down some of its operations? (Based on respondents saying borrowing limit should be "Tied to spending cuts")

Q: Combined results: Should borrowing limit be tied to spending cuts/Should the borrowing limit be raised anyway if Congress and Obama do not agree on spending cuts (Based on all respondents)

Q: Who do you trust more to handle this issue - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring placing an armed guard in every school in the country?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring the creation of a new federal database to track all gun sales in this country?

Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on anyone buying gun ammunition?

Q: Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools - having (stricter gun control laws) or (armed guards in schools)?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: the availability of semi-automatic handguns?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: the availability of assault weapons?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: the availability of high-capacity ammunition clips?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: inadequate background checks before guns are sold?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: violence in TV programs, movies and video games?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: inadequate treatment of mentally ill people?

Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: lack of individual responsibility by gun owners?

Q: Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the leadership of the National Rifle Association?

Q: Do you think the National Rifle Association has (too much) influence, (too little) influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?

Q: Thinking about the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last month - would you say this incident has made you more/less likely to support some forms of gun control?

Q: How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in your community - is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a...

Q: Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

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