New poll: Starbucks is right to request no guns in stores
SEATTLE -- Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz has made it clear he doesn't want customers bringing guns into his coffee shops. Now a new poll reveals Americans agree with him by a two to one margin.
Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found 66% of registered voters say the Seattle-based coffee chain's no-gun request is a good idea. Twenty-three percent call it a bad idea.
Quinnipiac polls are known for their thoroughness, with results regularly featured in the New York Times.
Schultz and Starbucks unwittingly became embroiled in the debate over "open-carry" gun laws last summer when the chain said it would not ban customers from wearing guns into its stores, in states where open-carry is legal. Schultz said Starbucks is neither pro gun nor anti-gun.
Some gun rights advocates took that as an invitation to wear their guns to Starbucks, and even held pro open-carry events at Starbucks stores.
Schultz clarified his company's position a month ago, publicly requesting that customers not bring guns to Starbucks.
Pollsters at Quinnipiac University asked respondents if the no-gun request made them more likely or less likely to go to Starbucks. Seventy-two percent said it'll make no difference.