This new public opinion poll of 6th Congressional District voters documents the near consensus view that convicted felons, domestic abusers, and suspected terrorists in Maryland should be prohibited from possessing firearms. By a large majority, voters in this district would also prohibit firearms on public college campuses. It is unusual in today’s politics to see such consensus on almost any issue. These proposals all enjoy extremely strong support, a fact made more striking by the rural and conservative nature of much of the 6th Congressional District.
Near-Universal View: Convicted Felons and Domestic Abusers Should Not Have Firearms
Voters in the 6th Congressional District overwhelmingly believe that convicted felons and domestic abusers in Maryland should not be able to be in in possession of a firearm. In a result that approaches a societal consensus, 91% of voters believe felons and domestic abusers should not be able to be in possession of a firearm, compared to only 3% who think they should. The remaining 6% were not sure or said their position would depend on the circumstances.
Overwhelming Consensus That Suspected Terrorists Should Not Possess Firearms
In a similar result, 90% of voters in the 6th Congressional District believe that suspected terrorists, such as those on the Terrorist Watch List, should not be able to be in possession of a firearm. Only 3% thought they should, and 6% said they were not sure, or it would depend on the circumstances.
Two-to-One Majority Would Prohibit Firearms on Public College Campuses
By a margin of more than two-to-one, 6th District voters would prohibit firearms on public college campuses. More than six voters in ten (61%) would prohibit firearms on campuses, while 28% would allow them.