New NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll shows big divide between Republican and Democrats on idea to arm teachers

(NBC) — An NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll shows a big difference in opinion between Democrats and Republicans on President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers.

The overall poll shows that 56% of Americans disagree with Trump’s proposal to have some teachers carry concealed guns as a solution to increase school safety. But when you break it down by political party, the numbers show a stark difference.

80% of Republicans agree with Trump’s proposal and only 19% disagree. While only 11% of Democrats agree with the proposal and 88% disagree.

Independents were more in the middle with 35% agreeing with the proposal and 64% disagreeing.

The NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll also did an approval survey with 55% of Americans disapproving of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 44% approving.

Other topics covered were gun control, the #MeToo movement, and the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. You can see all the results below. Methodology information is also posted below.

Arming Teachers

o   56% of Americans disagree with President Trump’s proposal that some teachers carry concealed guns as a solution to increase school safety; 42% agree with President Trump’s proposal to arm teachers.

  • 80% of Republicans agree with President Trump’s proposal and only 19% disagree.
  • 35% of Independents agree with the proposal and 64% disagree.
  • Only 11% of Democrats agree with the proposal and 88% disagree.

Gun Control

o   40% of Americans are angry about the way Congress has handled the issue of gun control, 36% are dissatisfied but not angry, 17% are satisfied but not enthusiastic and 4% are enthusiastic.

o   34% of Americans are angry about the way President Trump has handled the issue of gun control, 26% are dissatisfied, 25% are satisfied, 13% are enthusiastic.

o   61% of Americans believe that government and society can take action that will be effective in preventing shootings like the one in Parkland, FL from happening again; 36% believe that shootings like the one in Parkland, FL will happen again regardless of what action is taken by government and society.

#MeToo

o   51% of Americans believe the #MeToo movement and the recent reports of sexual assault and harassment have helped address gender inequality, 26% say that the reports have made no difference, and 20% say it’s led to unfair treatment of men.

Biggest Area of Division

o   26% think the biggest source of division in America today is race, 25% think it’s partisanship, 22% think ideology and 13% think class, followed by religion (5%), none of the above (6%) and gender (2%).

Trump Approval

o   55% of Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 44% approve.

2018 Midterm Elections

o   44% of Americans would vote for the Democratic candidate if the November 2018 elections were being held today, 37% would vote for the Republican candidate and 14% would not vote.

o   Among those who say they’d vote if the 2018 November elections were today, 38% would vote to ensure that their party controls Congress and 27% would vote to ensure that the opposing party does not control Congress; 29% say control of Congress would not be a factor in their vote.

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