New Poll Shows Broad Bipartisan Support for Red Flag Laws and Universal Background Checks in Maine

New polling from Pan Atlantic Research on behalf of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition finds that Maine voters support stronger gun laws by a wide margin. The survey gauges support among Maine registered voters for two proposals currently under consideration in the legislature.

82.1 percent of registered voters approve of a proposal to strengthen background checks and 81.5 percent support a proposal to implement an extreme risk protection order, also known as a red flag law.

The background checks proposal makes it mandatory for firearm purchases at gun shows and through marketing publications to complete a background check. The extreme risk protection order, or red flag law, would permit family members and law enforcement officials to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others from possessing firearms.

The poll interviewed 500 registered voters in Maine who voted in 2016 and intend to vote in 2020. Conducted in both of Maine’s congressional districts with a ± 4.4 percent margin of error, the survey provides a reliable reflection of the demographics of the state’s electorate.

Additional Key Takeaways:

● Support for stronger gun laws is bipartisan. 91.6 percent of Democrats and 69.2 percent of Republicans support background checks for gun shows and marketing publications, and 91.5 percent of Democrats and 70.3 percent of

Republicans support extreme risk laws.

  • ●  Independents are heavily in favor of stronger gun laws. 87.9 percent of independent voters support background checks and 84.3 percent of independents support extreme risk laws.

  • ●  Support for the two proposals is widespread across the state. Support for these measures is not limited to one city or district. 86.7 percent of voters in CD 1 support background checks, and 87 percent of voters support the temporary prohibition of firearm possession. In CD 2, 77.7 percent of voters support background checks and 76 percent of voters support extreme risk laws.