A majority of Virginians say New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went too far when he claimed that many of the guns used in city crimes are coming from Virginia. But, almost half of voters in a new poll said their state lawmakers should do more to address gun control issues.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll
of 1,374 registered Virginia voters, 52 percent said the mayor should keep out of Virginia's business, while 43 percent agreed that the Virginia legislature should address his claim that easily-bought guns from the state are increasingly turning up in New York crimes.
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The poll conducted Aug. 14-19 found a wide partisan, gender and racial split on Bloomberg's claim with 67 percent of Democrats agreeing that the legislature should do something about his concerns while 74 percent of Republicans disagreed. Among independent voters, 57 percent agreed that Bloomberg may have raised an issue that needs to be dealt with by Virginia lawmakers.
The survey found that among male voters, 57 percent did not believe Bloomberg's claim and said he should stay out of the Virginia gun debate. Women, however, were split 48 percent to 48 percent on the question, while 55 percent of black voters surveyed agreed with the mayor that Virginia's gun laws are not as tough as they should be.
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said the Virginia survey on Bloomberg's claim reflects "the division of opinion in Virginia and the country on gun control matters."
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