Of the top 23 top important issues facing Americans, the issue of guns and gun control ranked 19 in a recent Gallup poll. Only 2% of respondents thought that the issue was an important national problem. CNS News reported:
According to Gallup, only one percent of respondents mentioned guns/gun control as a concern for most of the months in 2015, although mentions spiked to 7 percent in October and December following mass shootings in those months that dominated the news. (The overall average for the year was 2 percent.)
Americans were most likely to mention some aspect of the federal government in 2015 when asked to name the country’s top problem.
Sixteen percent of those responding listed Government/Congress/Politicians, and 13 percent chose the “Economy in general.” Eight percent said unemployment is the nation’s top problem, and for the first time since 2007, immigration was among the top four most frequently cited problems, mentioned by 8 percent of respondents.
Rounding out the top 10 were various problems each averaging 5%, including ethical/moral decline, race relations/racism, terrorism, the federal budget deficit/debt and education.
Gallup noted that 2015 marks only the second time since 2001 that no single issue averaged 20% or more for the year. However, 34% of Americans named at least one of several specific economic issues — including the economy, unemployment, the budget deficit, inflation and others.
The survey asked an open-ended question to the respondent: “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” The fact that only 2% responded with “guns/gun control” doesn’t necessarily mean that most people must be pro-gun. What if those 2% of people were actually conservative, pro-gun advocates who were concerned that Obama was going to act through executive order to place more restrictions on guns? What if they view that issue as the most important issue facing us today since it involves one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, as people?
If that were the case, then that would mean a very small percentage of people thought the issue of gun control was a big deal.
What we want is that 2% to be liberals who claim that increased gun control is a good idea. That way, we could say that only a tiny minority of people think gun control is a good idea. And then we could pair that with Obama’s recent pledge to act unilaterally on gun control. We could say that in spite of gun control being an unpopular idea, Obama will still act on his own, without regard for the public’s majority opinion.
But that 2% is just as likely to be conservatives as it is to be liberals. In fact, it could be an equal array of conservatives and liberals.
So, what are we supposed to take away from this survey? Instead of focusing on that 2% and what it may or may not mean, we should look at what is mostly on people’s minds. The top five most important issues that people mentioned were (in order of most important to least important) government/congress/politicians, economy in general, unemployment/jobs, immigration, and healthcare.
Whether the respondents were conservative or liberal, people seem to be fed up with those in elected office. They’re not fed up with “climate change” or gun control or gun rights. Both Republicans and Democrats are fed up with their opposing party and their own party.