These questions provoke an equally loud and strident defense from folks who believe their basic right to own guns is under attack. They've been told for decades by organizations like the National Rifle Association that they need guns -- lots of guns -- to protect themselves and their families.
Should these numbers matter at all? Would marriage equality cease to matter if gays were 1 percent of the population? Rights are not bestowed by group membership. That is what the concept of "individual rights" is all about.
A stronger Democratic convention, Romney's 47 percent calamity, Obama's lackluster debate, and Biden's strong performance have all contributed to a fluid race. But contrary to some coverage and Democratic handwringing, one thing that hasn't moved as much is the gender gap.
Based on last week's total numbers: Romney wins, but if you look at demographic numbers, Obama's still in front. So, I guess that I, like Gallup and Pew, think it's too early to put anybody clearly ahead.
Although Gallup does not report the racial composition of its tracking poll sample in its weekly presidential approval results, we can estimate the racial makeup of the sample by extrapolating from the reported approval rating of the president among whites, nonwhites and all adults.