Americans like gun control measures. Americans also trust private business more than government to be efficient, but are nuanced on what they actually trust private business to do.
87 percent of American support “federal laws to make it more difficult for the mentally ill to buy a gun.” 85 percent support that “all gun purchases require a background check.” 60 percent support “banning the sale or ownership of automatic weapons.” 83 percent support that “all guns the US be registered.”
70 percent of American agree that private business is more efficient than government. That includes 81 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats. A good sign for Trump, 59 percent, a majority of both parties, agree private business on “large infrastructure.” But, besides “military tasks” where a large majority of both parties believe that the government is more efficient, that is the only one that has majority of both parties on the same side.
Protecting consumer welfare: 40 percent private and 44 government. Running schools: 47 percent private and 38 percent government. Providing healthcare: 50 percent private and 36 percent government. In all of these questions the Democrats favor government and Republicans private business.
The PredictWise and Pollfish survey received responses from 1,200 people on March 20 through online and in-app polling methods. We do not report margin of error because we do not believe it can be accurately estimated.
Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.
Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @SCorbettDavies.
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.