Latest Marquette poll shows opposition to no-license concealed carry laws, drop in Supreme Court approval

MILWAUKEE — More than 80 percent of people polled this month by the Marquette Law School said they oppose laws that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a license.

The poll conducted nationwide between May 9 and May 19 — after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York but before the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas — included more than 1,000 respondents and had a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent.

The results showed 81 percent of the total number of people polled opposed those proposed no-license laws, while 19 percent favored them. Broken down by party affiliation, 68 percent of people who identify as Republicans opposed the idea, while 79 percent of people who identified as Independents and 93 percent of people who identified as Democrats opposed it.

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The poll also asked respondents their opinion on a case likely to be decided this term by the U.S. Supreme Court — New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen — in which the Court will consider whether the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a gun outside the home, which would be considered an expansion of gun rights.

Of those who had an opinion on the case, about two-thirds said they favor that idea, while 34 percent said they opposed it. The Marquette pollsters say public opinion on that issue has remained steady, and there was no shift in opinion after the Buffalo shooting on May 14.

Other poll findings

The most recent poll also found approval for the U.S. Supreme Court took a steep downturn following the leaked opinion indicating the Court was potentially going to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In March, 54 percent of people polled approved of how the U.S. Supreme Court was doing its job, while 45 percent disapproved. In May, after the opinion was leaked, 55 percent of people polled said they did not approve of the job the Court was doing, while only 44 percent approved. Approval of the nation’s highest court has fallen 16 percent in less than a year, compared to the 60 percent approval it saw in July 2021.

In May, Supreme Court approval fell 23 percent among Democrats and 6 percent among Independents, while approval went up by 4 percent among Republicans.

You can see more of the poll’s results here and embedded below.