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MOScout Poll: Gun Laws

Survey conducted September 11 through September 12, 2019. 1,678 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-2.4%. See the full results here.

Q1: Would you support or oppose requiring background checks of all potential gun buyers?

Support: 77%

Oppose: 14%

Not sure: 9%

Q2: Would you support or oppose a law allowing police to take away guns from people a judge finds dangerous?

Support: 69%

Oppose: 20%

Not sure: 11%

Q3: Would you support or oppose a ban on the sale of assault weapons?

Support: 60%

Oppose: 30%

Not sure: 10%

Q4: Do you consider yourself a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms?

Yes: 75%

No: 16%

Not sure: 9%

Q5: Generally speaking, who do you trust more to handle the issue of gun laws in Missouri?  Republicans or Democrats?

Republicans: 48%

Democrats: 39%

Not sure: 13%


MOScout’s Hallway Index: Conservative Caucus Future Membership

The Hallway is all over the map on the future of the Conservative Caucus.  I asked: In January 2021, how many members of the Senate Conservative Caucus will there be?  26 responses…


1. Fewer than 6…. 23.1%

2. 6…. 15.4%

3. 7…. 15.4%

4. 8…. 30.7%

5. More than 8….  15.4%

Sample Comments

·         Until this group shows they have any clue what they’re doing strategically, all the money in the world doesn’t matter.

·         Right now it is hard to see any of them losing.

·         The problem is the conservative caucus recruited candidates that will take the money but will not be lock step with the CC.

·         I don’t know, at some point people are going to continue to make Cirpiot’s point that this isn’t really a conglomeration of “conservatism”, rather it’s a grouping of people against GOP leadership in the Senate. Maybe they have 6, maybe they have 9, but there will be many members that aren’t that conservative (Hoskins, cough cough) and people not in the caucus that actually are. For now it’s really just a clique of people who don’t want bills to pass. Why join that?

·         I think they have mixed success but add at least one new member.

·         It's definitely more than 8, but they're not in lock-step. No one believes that Holly Rehder or Robert Ross will take orders from Bill Eigel.

·         Like ‘em or not, they’re all we are talking about these days...


Who Won the Week

Mike Parson – Well-executed roll-out week.  Starting with home town announcement, a steady caravan of checks being recorded by his PAC, endorsement from the president, money from important Herzog Companies, a near unanimous endorsement list from Jeff City legislators, and finally endorsements from the state’s top Ag groups.

Early Childhood Education – Seems to be on everyone’s wish list these days.  It’s in the new initiative petitions filed by Missouri National Education Association, and there’s a move afoot to try to establish a St. Louis fund for the same purpose.

Holly Rehder – Kick-off video that tugged on the strings of universal American themes won praise from both sides of the punditry aisle.

Eric Schmitt – Started the week taking on Big Tech, and finished the week with a powerful report referring a dozen cases of clerical abuse to prosecutors.

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Chouteau PAC - $15,000 from American Democracy Alliance - Ridgely PAC.

House Republican Campaign Committee, Inc - $10,000 from Missouri Soybean Association.

Freedom's Promise PAC - $25,000 from CL PAC. 440 Medina Drive Saint Louis MO 63122

Committee for Liberty - $25,000 from CL PAC.

Midwest Region Laborers' Political League Education Fund - $8,177 from Laborers Supplemental Dues Fund.

House Victory Committee - $7,000 from Charter Communications.

IAFF FIREPAC VIC Missouri - $10,000 from International Association of Fire Fighters Interested in Registration and Education PAC.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $25,000 from Burn McDonnell.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $25,000 from Drury Development Corporation.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $10,000 from McBride & Sons Management LLC.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $10,000 from JH Berra Construction Co Inc.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $6,500 from Build St. Louis PAC Inc.

Uniting Missouri PAC – $10,000 from American Federation for Children.

American Property Casualty Insurance Association Political Account - $74,579 from American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

Citizens 4 Dr. Lisa Thomas - $9,000 from Lisa Thomas.