CARP Gun Registry/CMA Report

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CARP members narrowly but significantly support retaining the Long Gun Registry, they are more apt to agree with police authorities that it should be retained than they are to agree with the government that it should be scrapped, and a significant proportion will vote against the government in the next election if it is scrapped.

Support for the long gun registry is highest among women, those outside Alberta, younger and higher income members and supporters of the three main opposition parties.

CARP members narrowly agree (51% to 46%) that the Long Gun Registry should be maintained, but they are more likely to agree with the Association of Canadian Chiefs of Police and the RCMP on the subject (45%), rather than the government (29%).

At the same time, CARP members are half again as likely to say scrapping the Long Gun Registry would make them more likely to vote against the government (30%) as they are to say it would make them more likely to vote for the government (20%).

When asked to describe the Long Gun Registry, one half of members use terms ranging from “it serves its purpose” to “it’s an efficient and necessary part of public safety” (49%), while about one third describe it as “a complete waste of money and resources” (33%).

When asked why they think there is opposition to the Long Gun Registry, most say it is because it is costly and inefficient, followed by those who say it does not prevent killings by legal gun owners.

One half of members call themselves baby boomers, while only just one third are in that specific age group. Members are slightly more likely to think the baby boomer generation will prove an undue burden on the Canadian health care system than they are to disagree.

Members believe they themselves are relatively heavy users of the health care system, but at the same time, they are less likely to think they use the system more than others, which indicates they do not recognize the impact on the system of their own usage.

Members do not anticipate wanting extraordinary medical treatments at the ends of their lives which would require high costs. When asked how to improve health care within available funding, most select support for home care, while those asked to select new ways of funding care select “eliminating waste” rather than any new fee or tax.

The Conservative Party has solidified its lead in voter preference, while the Liberal Party has held steady. The NDP has lost points recently, and this may be ascribed to their flip-flopping on the gun registry.

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