U.S. Voters oppose steel, aluminum tariffs, Quinnipiac University National Poll finds; voters oppose armed teachers, back armed security 6-1

March 6, 2018 – American voters oppose 50 – 31 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, and disagree 64 – 28 percent with President Donald Trump’s claim that a trade war would be good for the U.S. and easily won, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Every listed party, gender, education, age and racial group oppose steel and aluminum tariffs, except Republicans, who support tariffs by a lackluster 58 – 20 percent and white voters with no college degree, who are divided with 42 percent supporting tariffs and 40 percent opposed, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.

American voters oppose these tariffs 59 – 29 percent, if these tariffs raise the cost of goods they buy. The tariffs will be good for American jobs, 26 percent say, while 36 percent say tariffs will be bad for jobs and 24 percent say the tariffs will have no impact on jobs.

American voters disapprove 54 – 34 percent of the way President Trump is handling trade. Only Republicans and white voters with no college degree approve.

That National Rifle Assn. (NRA) has too much influence over politicians, 60 percent of American voters say, while 7 percent say it has too little influence and 26 percent say it has the right amount of influence.

Republicans in Congress are afraid of the NRA, voters say 54 – 42 percent.

Democrats in Congress are afraid of the NRA, voters say 49 – 45 percent.

President Trump is not afraid of the NRA, voters say 65 – 31 percent.

“Tariff, smariff, say voters who see punishing other countries on imports will do more harm at home,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Who’s afraid of the NRA? 535 Senators and Congress people.

“Who’s not afraid of the NRA? The man with the most to lose to one of Washington’s most powerful lobbies, President Donald Trump.”

American voters oppose 58 – 40 percent allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds.

But voters support 82 – 14 percent having armed security officers in schools.

American voters say 81 – 14 percent it’s a “good thing” that some private companies now require people to be 21 years old or older to purchase a gun. Support is 65 percent or higher among every listed group. If a company says it will no longer sell assault weapons, 33 percent of voters are more likely to shop there, as 12 percent are less likely and 53 percent say this will have no effect.

If Congress does not pass stricter gun laws, 57 percent of voters say Republicans would be more responsible, as 18 percent say Democrats would be more responsible.

Support for gun control remains strong as American voters support 63 – 32 percent stricter gun laws in the U.S., compared to 66 – 31 percent in a February 20 Quinnipiac University National Poll.

Voter opinions on other gun issues are:

  • Support 61 – 35 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons;
  • A 48 – 48 percent split on a ban on the sale of all semi-automatic rifles;
  • Support 63 – 34 percent a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds;
  • Support 78 – 20 percent requiring individuals to be 21 years old or older to buy a gun;
  • Support 89 – 8 percent allowing police or family members to petition a judge to remove guns from a person who may be at risk of violent behavior;
  • Support 91 – 6 percent banning possession of a gun by an individual with a restraining order against them for stalking or domestic, sexual or repeat violence.

“The outcry on guns continues and voters say it’s on you, Republicans, to make the change,” Malloy said.

From March 3 – 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,122 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.