The LA Times is reporting that, despite the overwhelming majority of the public who support tightening gun laws, the failure of Congress to pass gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook may, paradoxically help Republicans in future elections, because gun right supporters are more passionate about the issue.
“Those who said they felt â€œvery happyâ€ over the Senate action significantly outnumbered those who called themselves â€œangryâ€ â€“ 20% to 15%. Among those who had a negative reaction to the Senate action, most called themselves not â€œangry,â€ but â€œdisappointedâ€ (32%).” Â Outrage over gun vote? Maybe not, poll indicates
What caught my eye was the following sentence, in bold:
People with postgraduate degrees, who have become a mainstay of the Democratic coalition, were among the most likely to say they felt â€œangryâ€ about the Senateâ€™s decision, with 31% giving that answer, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. Other demographic groups that were more likely than average to call themselves â€œangryâ€ were residents of the Northeast (26%), self-identified Democrats (26%) and women (19%). That could indicate that the gun debate will create more headwinds for Republicans in the Northeast, a region where they have steadily lost ground in recent elections, and with highly educated voters.
Often it’s the less educated people who are more religious, more hostile to foreigners and gays, more jingoistic, and more likely to vote Republican.
Of course, this is old news: liberals are portrayed as elitist snobs who can’t relate to average folk.