"When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group."
–President Barack Obama, spoken on June 28, 2007, to a PBS-sponsored focus group following the Democratic presidential debate at Howard University
Luntz’s new book, What Americans Really Want … Really: The Truth About Our Hopes, Dreams, and Fears, came out last fall and is a New York Times best seller. He’s also drawn some attention regarding the surprising findings of his recent poll of gun owners.
A recent poll found that both National Rifle Association (NRA) and non-NRA gun owners are in favor of legislation designed to keep guns out of dangerous criminal and terrorist hands.
“By overwhelming numbers, they believe that [protecting] Second Amendment rights and keeping guns from criminals are complementary, not contradictory [goals],’ said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster who conducted the survey.
Luntz asked 832 gun owners (including 401 NRA members) to give thoughts on a wide variety of issues including whether more could be done to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them.
Of those polled, Luntz found that 82 % of NRA members supported prohibiting people on the terrorist watch lists from purchasing guns; 69% favored requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns; and 78 % backed requiring gun owners to alert police if their guns are lost or stolen. Among gun owners who did not belong to the NRA, the numbers were even higher.
Luntz will be joining us following the 2010 Legislative Reception on February 16 at the Westin in Indianapolis to discuss issues of both a federal and local nature. Register now for this exciting event. One ticket for both the Legislative Reception and the Frank Luntz Dinner is just $149.