Gallup polls Americans on transgender rights; Harambe’s death; Democratic nominee

     A boy brings flowers to set beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati. A gorilla named Harambe was killed by a special zoo response team on Saturday after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and it was concluded his life was in danger. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

    A boy brings flowers to set beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati. A gorilla named Harambe was killed by a special zoo response team on Saturday after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and it was concluded his life was in danger. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    Transgender individuals and rights around the use of bathrooms corresponding to birth gender are much in the news. Do we know where the public comes down on this?  The answer to that question is more complex that it may seem at first. 

    The latest on Americans and gun laws shows a majority want stricter laws, most of the rest want them kept the same.

    The killing of a gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo because he was endangering a 3-yr-old-boy who wandered into his living area has caused a furor.

    Most Americans are concerned about treatment of animals in zoos, and a not insignificant minority would say that animals should have the same rights as people to be free from harm and exploitation.

    Hillary Clinton is considered to be the presumptive Democratic nominee at this point, although Bernie Sanders continues to campaign ahead of next week’s big California primary and the primary in New Jersey.  Our data show that Democrats would like to see her be the nominee. But it depends on your age.

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