Minnesotans overwhelmingly favor assault weapons ban

If a majority of Minnesotans had their way, "assault weapons" of this sort would be illegal.
If a majority of Minnesotans had their way, "assault weapons" of this sort would be illegal.

Despite what the Pine County Sheriff thinks, the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters indicates Minnesotans overwhelming favor an assault weapons ban.

-- Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014
-- Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014

Fifty-four percent "support banning assault weapons," while 37 percent are opposed. Ten percent aren't sure where they stand.

Some might take issue with the terminology used in the question, however. After all, asking respondents if they favor banning "assault weapons" is one thing -- asking them about "semi-automatic rifles" is another, and may result in different responses.

Anyway, here's a few other interesting tidbits from the polling (for the full results, including a link to the survey crosstabs, click here):

-- Forty-seven percent support legalizing gay marriage, compared to 45 percent opposed. But 75 percent of voters support either gay marriage or civil unions.

-- The NRA isn't as unpopular as you might think. Forty-four percent have a favorable opinion of it, compared to 43 percent who have an unfavorable opinion.

-- We love us some Amy Klobuchar. With a 65 percent approval rating, she's "one of the most popular Senators in the country," according to PPP's poll summary.

-- Democrats would like to see Hillary Clinton emerge as the Democratic candidate for president in 2016. "[E]ven with Klobuchar in the mix, 59% of Minnesota Democrats want Clinton to be the next nominee with Biden at 14% and Klobuchar at 11%," PPP writes.

-- Meanwhile, MNGOPers really dislike Barack Obama. Fifty-four percent support impeaching him, for God's sake, compared to just 24 percent opposed.

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