Number of the Day: 66 percent

September 12, 2012 | Number of The Day

Gun control is quite popular in the Garden State — even among those who own a gun — since 66 percent
of registered voters surveyed in the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll say they are very concerned about gun violence.

Although liberals, Democrats, and African-Americans expressed the greatest concern, even the majority of conservatives and the 22 percent of those who own their own guns echoed that sentiment. Concern over the issue has grown since 1999, when the poll first started asking the question.

As for gun control, black voters and women are most supportive of tightening gun laws, but the majority support current state gun laws. Nevertheless, more than half (54 percent) prefer gun laws to be managed at the federal level, with Democrats more in favor of nationwide laws than Republicans.