Montanans don’t want more gun laws, think Obamacare bad for the state, poll finds

Guns, pot, Obamacare, the governor and all of Montana’s Congressional delegation.

Those were some of the topics covered by the Montana State University Billings’ 29th Montana Poll, which was released Monday.

Nearly two-thirds of Montanans surveyed said gun laws are about right. Seventeen percent said gun laws were not strict enough, while 13 percent felt they were too strict.

Liberals and Democrats were significantly more likely than conservatives and independents to answer that gun laws should be stricter. Older respondents polled were found to be significantly less likely to support stricter gun laws in Montana.

The poll, conducted by students under the guidance of MSUB Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies Professor Josh Poulette, surveyed 435 randomly selected adult Montanans, contacting them through both cellphone numbers and landlines.

According to the poll, Gov. Steve Bullock’s approval rating came in at 50 percent from respondents, with 30 percent having no opinion and 20 percent disapproving.

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