SURVEY: La. residents support sports betting, recreational marijuana but oppose gun restrictions

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(4/18/19) Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found that the majority of people in Louisiana support legalized gambling on professional supporting events. It also found that just over half of Louisianans support legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana.

On the issue of guns, more than two-thirds support preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns, while the majority opposing banning the sale of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

Findings from the sixth of six reports show these key opinions on social issues:

  • Fifty-nine percent of state residents support legalizing gambling on professional sporting events.
  • Fifty-five percent of Louisiana residents support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.
  • Fifty-seven percent of Louisiana residents oppose banning the sale of assault weapons, and 61 percent oppose banning high capacity ammunition magazines.
  • Of the three firearm restrictions included in the 2019 Louisiana Survey, preventing people with mental illness from purchasing guns is the only one to receive majority support (69 percent).
  • In fact, a majority of residents support at least one form of expanding gun rights.
  • Fifty-nine percent of Louisiana residents want the state to allow the carry of concealed guns in more places

Read the full sixth report (and the previous five reports) from the Louisiana Survey here:

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