New Poll Shows Broad Support for Bruen Decision

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For the third time in the past six months, the Marquette Law School's polling on the Supreme Court has found widespread support for the Court's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, even though a majority of respondents expressed disapproval with SCOTUS overall. 


The most recent poll, conducted between February 5th and the 15th, saw 64 percent of respondents either strongly or somewhat in support of the Bruen decision; in line with the 67 percent support recorded in November of 2023 and the 64 percent approval found in September of last year. What's more, the decision met with majority support in almost every demographic measured by the pollsters, save for Democrats, self-identified liberals, and those who identify as neither male nor female. 

Republicans back the Bruen decision 87-13, while independent support came in at 61-39. Even 45 percent of Democrats are in favor of the ruling tossing out "may issue" carry laws, which must come as a shock to the liberal press and their friends in the gun control movement. 

73 percent of men who were surveyed said they agreed with the Court, along with 58 percent of women. Those identifying as "another gender", on the other hand, were opposed to the Court's findings in Bruen by a wide margin, with just 24 percent of those other-gendered Americans in support. 

Support for Bruen cuts across educational, income, and racial demographics as well. 67 percent of high school graduates are in favor of the decision, as are 62 of those with bachelor's degrees. 66 percent of respondents making less than $30,000 per year favor the decision, while those making $100,000 or more agree with the Court by a similar margin of 63-36. 


White respondents approve of Bruen 69-31, while Black respondents support the decision 61-39. Hispanic support clocked in at 53 percent, while "other" races and ethnicities had a 52 percent approval rate.

What about young adults? After all, gun control activists contend that it's the next generation that will be the difference-makers in the gun control debate (an assertion, by the way, that they've been making for several generations now). Surely the youngest cohort of voters must be opposed to Bruen, right? 

Nope. 57 percent of adults aged 18-to-29 say the Court made the right call in Bruen, below the 70 percent approval found among those aged 30-to-44 and 67 percent of adults over the age of 60, but in line with the 59 percent approval among 45-to-59-year-olds. 

I'm always hesitant to put too much stock in any particular poll, no matter if it's good news or bad news for Second Amendment supporters, but the fact that Marquette Law has asked this same question three times in the past six months and has seen remarkably similar results tells me that the roughly 2/3rds support for the Bruen decision isn't an outlier, but a fair representation of how the decision is seen by many Americans. I do wish that the survey had asked some followup questions about the abuses of Bruen that we've seen in states like California, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland like the dramatic increase in "gun-free zones", for example, as well as the staggeringly high fees that come with applying for a concealed carry license in some jurisdictions. The survey is focused on the Supreme Court and its decisions, not how states around the country have responded to cases like Bruen or Dobbs (which is far more unpopular, with 61 percent opposition among all respondents), but maybe another polling outfit can use this as a starting point for a deeper dive on the support for Bruen in the future.


At the very least this poll is a clear indication that the majority of Americans understand what the gun control lobby refuses to acknowledge; the right to keep and bear arms encompasses the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. That's good news for gun owners, so I fully expect the mainstream media will studiously ignore the results of this survey. It doesn't fit their anti-gun agenda, so why bother to report on its findings? 

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