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State voters value gun rights, but support high for more background checks, preventing sales to mentally ill

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Although strongly protective of gun rights in general, most Tennessee voters favor requiring background checks for gun sales among private individuals and at gun shows and support laws to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, according … Continue reading

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Most state voters think same-sex marriage should be illegal, and half think abortion should be, too, in most or all cases

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Most Tennessee voters remain opposed to letting gay and lesbian couples legally marry, according to the first MTSU Poll taken since this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

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Carson leads the presidential field in Tennessee, but many still unsure, and more oppose than favor other top candidates

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Republican candidate Ben Carson has the current presidential field’s best numbers among Tennessee voters, although the biggest slice of the state’s electorate remains undecided, the latest statewide MTSU Poll shows.

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Opinions mixed on proposed abortion rules, but same-sex marriage opposition softens, and 53% oppose gas tax hike

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Tennesseans favor some, but not all, of several proposed abortion rules pending in the state Legislature, the latest MTSU Poll finds.

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Tennesseans split views on state, federal political leaders; state government gets better reviews than Washington pols

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In general, Tennesseans rate their state government leaders better than those in the federal government, according to the latest statewide MTSU Poll.

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Tennesseans up to speed on most 2016 presidential contenders, but some potential candidates not as well known

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — While many potential 2016 candidates for president are well known to Tennesseans, some are surprisingly less so, according to the latest statewide MTSU Poll.

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Tennesseans strongly support ‘Tennessee Promise’ higher ed initiative

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The “Tennessee Promise” community college initiative enjoys strong support from a large majority of Tennesseans, according to the latest statewide MTSU Poll.

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One in five Tennesseans give public schools a D or F on quality, but 65 percent trust, and have confidence in, teachers

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Nearly a fifth of Tennesseans would give state and local public schools a “D” or “F” for quality, and the figure approaches a third in the state’s two most populous counties, Shelby and Davidson, the latest MTSU … Continue reading

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Most Tennesseans haven’t heard of “Insure Tennessee,” but support is higher than opposition among those who have

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Two-thirds of Tennesseans haven’t heard much about Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” health care proposal, but among the third who have, support substantially outweighs opposition, according to the latest MTSU Poll.

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Close vote on income tax ban; Gov. Haslam, Sen. Alexander ahead

Close vote on state income tax ban; Gov. Haslam, Sen. Alexander ahead Undecided voters hold fate of Amendment 3 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The election night fate of a proposed amendment constitutionally banning a state income tax remains uncertain, given close … Continue reading

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