Poll: Virginians Find President Trump’s Tweets on Virginia 'Unhelpful,’ Overwhelmingly Support Common-Sense Gun Safety Laws

Washington, D.C., November 3, 2020 - Today, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that Virginia voters not only support common-sense gun violence prevention policies that have been proven effective and life-saving, but they want candidates who likewise support these policies. Results from this poll show that of Virginia voters:

  • 71 percent support a policy that would require background checks to buy ghost gun kits, including 55 percent of Republican voters and three-quarters of Independent voters
  • 71 percent support the state’s recently enacted Extreme Risk Law, sometimes referred to as a “red flag” law, including a majority of Republican voters
  • 69 percent are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports universal background checks on all gun transactions, while only 17 percent were less likely
  • 59 percent said that President Trump’s tweets to ‘Liberate Virginia’ were ‘unhelpful’
  • 59 percent support a ban on the manufacture and sale of new assault weapons and large capacity magazines, while only 35 percent opposed

Brady Campaign President Kris Brown shared:

“This year, Virginia passed over 10, life-saving gun violence prevention laws, a historic development for the Commonwealth and one demanded by voters at the ballot box in the 2019 election. This year’s election is no different, as we see from today’s poll results. Virginians want gun safety. They will go to the polls to demand it and they will support candidates who will champion this issue, including a much needed ban on assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines. These voters have sent a clear message: we demand life-saving and common-sense gun laws.”

About Gun Violence in Virginia:

This year, Virginia passed numerous gun violence prevention laws, including the majority of the “Governor’s Package,” a suite of eight common-sense gun and public safety bills that were proposed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam during the 2019 special session but did not receive a vote that year in the General Assembly. These bills included an extreme risk law, which this poll shows an overwhelming majority of Virginians support, as well as strengthened background checks on gun sales. In a year where we have seen a surge in gun sales and where gun violence has spiked in Virginia and around the country, these laws which work to ensure that those who should not, do not have access to firearms are more critical than ever.

About This Survey:

This poll of 897 Virginia voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from Friday, October 30 to Saturday 31, 2020.


Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.

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