Polls

Gallup Poll. Jan. 17, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“As you may know, yesterday President Obama proposed a set of new laws designed to reduce gun violence in the United States. From what you know or have read about this, would you want your representative in Congress to vote for or against these proposed new laws?”

 
    Vote for Vote
against
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/17/13

53 41 7    

 

CNN/Time/ORC Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2013. N=814 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

“Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-15/13

55 44 1    

“Do you think having stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violence in the country, or not?”

 
    Would
reduce
Would not
reduce
     
    % %      
 

1/14-15/13

39 61      

“Which of the following do you think is the primary cause of gun violence in America: the availability of guns, the way parents raise their children, or the influences of popular culture such as movies, television and the Internet?”

 
    Availability
of guns
Way parents
raise kids
Popular
culture
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

23 37 37 3  

“Some proposals would require a background check on anyone attempting to purchase a gun in order to determine whether the prospective buyer has been convicted of a felony or has a mental health problem. Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose a background check for a prospective gun buyer under each of the following circumstances. . . .”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

“If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun from a gun store or other business that sells guns”

 

1/14-15/13

92 7    
 

“If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun at a gun show”

 

1/14-15/13

87 13    
 

“If the buyer is trying to purchase a gun from another person who is not a gun dealer but owns one or more guns and wants to sell one of them”

 

1/14-15/13

75 25 1    
 

“Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. . . .”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

“A ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of semi-automatic assault guns, such as the AK-47”

 

1/14-15/13

56 44 1    
 

12/17-18/12

62 37 1    
 

8/7-8/12

57 42 1    
 

“A ban on the sale and possession of equipment known as high-capacity or extended ammunition clips, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded”

 

1/14-15/13

58 41 1    
 

12/17-18/12

62 37 1    
 

8/7-8/12

60 40 1    
 

“Requiring gun owners to register their guns with the local government”

 

1/14-15/13

69 31    
 

12/17-18/12

78 22    
 

8/7-8/12

76 23 1    
 

“Restricting the amount of ammunition or the kind of ammunition that gun owners can purchase”

 

1/14-15/13

52 48 1    
 

“Would you favor or oppose a proposal to put armed guards in every school in the country?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-15/13

54 45 1    

“Which of the following would do more to reduce the amount of gun violence in our nation’s schools: proposals to enact stricter gun control laws, or proposals to put armed guards in every school in the country?”

 
    Stricter
gun laws
Armed
guards
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-15/13

40 47 4 9 1

“In your view, do existing laws make it too easy for people to buy guns, too difficult, or are they about right?”

 
    Too easy Too difficult About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

56 3 40 1  
           

“Overall, do you agree or disagree with the positions of the National Rifle Association?”

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/14-15/13

48 42 10    

“Thinking about how the gun issue might affect your vote for major offices, would you only vote for a candidate who shares your views on gun control, or would you consider a candidate’s position on gun control as just one of many important factors when voting, or would you not consider gun control a major issue?”

 
    Only if
shares views
One of
many factors
Not a major
issue
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

19 62 18 1  

“Do you have these guns primarily to protect yourself from crime, primarily for sporting reasons, or for some other reason?” N=406 respondents in households with a gun, margin of error ± 5

 
    In households with a gun
    Protection
from crime
Sporting
reasons
Some other
reason
Mixed (vol.) Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/14-15/13

32 41 8 18 2

“Do you feel the federal government is trying to take away your right to own a gun, or don’t you feel that way?” N=406 respondents in households with a gun, margin of error ± 5

 
    In households with a gun      
    Trying to take away right
to own a gun
Don’t feel
that way
     
    % %      
 

1/14-15/13

53 47      

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 12-15, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1

“In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?”

 
    More strict Less strict Kept as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/12-15/13

56 7 35 2  
 

1/13-17/11

52 10 37 1  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 11-15, 2013. N=1,110 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?”

 
    More strict Less strict Kept as
they are
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

1/11-15/13

54 9 34 3  
 

Republicans

31 15 51 3  
 

Democrats

75 1 22 2  
 

Independents

52 13 33 3  
 
 

12/14-16/12

57 9 30 4  
 

4/12

39 13 41 6  

“Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about gun laws: the Republicans in Congress or Barack Obama?”

 
    Republicans
in Congress
Obama Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

39 47 3 7 5

“Is your opinion of the National Rifle Association favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven’t you heard enough about the National Rifle Association yet to have an opinion?”

 
    Favorable Not
favorable
Undecided Haven’t
heard
enough
Don’t know/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

38 29 14 17 2

“Do you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons — including some rifles, pistols, and shotguns — that have detachable magazines, allowing them to rapidly fire a high number of rounds?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

53 44 4    
 

Republicans

36 60 5    
 

Democrats

70 28 2    
 

Independents

49 47 4    
           

“As you may know, high-capacity magazines or clips can hold many rounds of ammunition, so a shooter can fire more rounds without manually reloading. Would you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold many rounds of ammunition?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

63 34 3    
 

Republicans

49 47 4    
 

Democrats

80 18 2    
 

Independents

57 40 3    
 
 

1/15-19/11

63 34 3    

“Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring a nationwide ban on people other than law enforcement officers carrying concealed weapons?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

32 65 3    

“Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

92 7 1    
 

Republicans

89 10 1    
 

Democrats

93 6 1    
 

Independents

93 5 2    
         

“Do you favor or oppose creating a national database that would track all gun sales in the United States?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/11-15/13

78 20 2    

“How much do you think stricter gun laws would do to help prevent gun violence? Would stricter laws help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

23 30 17 29 1

“How much do you think better mental health screening and treatment would do to help prevent gun violence? Would better mental health screening and treatment help a lot, some, not much, or not at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

44 38 10 7 1

“How much do you think more police or armed security guards would do to help prevent mass shootings in public places such as schools, movie theaters, and malls? Would more police or armed security guards help a lot, some, not much or not at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

35 39 17 8 1

“In general, how much do you think the depiction of violence in popular culture, such as movies and video games, contributes to gun violence in the U.S.? Would you say it contributes a lot, some, not much, or not at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

1/11-15/13

39 36 16 7 1

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Jan. 10-14, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“How important are the following issues to you personally: not at all important, slightly important, moderately important, very important or extremely important? How about gun control?”

 
    Not at all
important
Slightly
important
Moderately
important
Very
important
Extremely
important
    % % % % %
 

1/10-14/13

9 8 18 27 36
             

“Who do you trust to do a better job of handling gun laws: the Democrats or the Republicans?”Options rotated

 
    Democrats Republicans Neither
(vol.)
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/10-14/13

40 34 16 9 1

“Do you think that laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public’s right to bear arms under the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or do you think they do not infringe on the public’s right to bear arms?”

 
    Infringe Do not
infringe
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-14/13

51 41 8 1  
 

8/16-20/12

49 43 7 1  
 

8/18-22/11

49 46 4  
 

8/11-16/10

51 45 4  
 

9/3-8/09

55 40 5 1  

“Should gun laws in the United States be made more strict, less strict or remain as they are?”

 
    More strict Less strict Remain as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-14/13

58 5 35 2  

“Please tell me if you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose each of the following policies. Here’s the first/next one: [See below.] Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose that policy?”

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 
 

“A nationwide ban on the sale of military-style, rapid-fire guns”

 

1/10-14/13

55 34 8 2
 

“Establish a federal standard requiring background checks for those trying to buy guns at a gun show”

 

1/10-14/13

84 12 4 1
 

“A nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines, those which hold 10 or more bullets”

 

1/10-14/13

51 37 10 2 1
 

“Limits on the amount and type of gun violence that can be portrayed in video games, in movies or on television”

 

1/10-14/13

54 29 14 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 10-13, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

51 46 4    
 

12/14-16/12

52 44 3    
 

1/13-16/11

48 50 2    
 

4/22/07

55 41 3    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

65 32 3    
 

12/14-16/12

59 38 2    
 

1/13-16/11

57 39 3    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

58 39 3    
 

4/22/07

67 30 3    
 

5/00

71 27 2    
 

8/30 – 9/2/99

77 22 1    
 

5/99

79 19 2    
 

6/94

80 18 2    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

88 11 1    
 

5/00

92 6 2    
 

8/30 – 9/2/99

90 9 1    
 

5/99

89 11    

“Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools: having stricter gun control laws or armed guards in schools?” Options rotated

 
    Stricter
laws
Armed
guards
Both equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/10-13/13

43 41 6 8 2

“For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all. . . .”

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not so
much
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

“The availability of semi-automatic handguns”

 

1/10-13/13

41 29 13 16 1
 

“The availability of assault weapons”

 

1/10-13/13

45 28 11 15 1
 

“The availability of high-capacity ammunition clips”

 

1/10-13/13

42 28 11 17 2
 

“Inadequate background checks before guns are sold”

 

1/10-13/13

56 27 9 7 2
 

“Violence in TV programs, movies and video games”

 

1/10-13/13

38 34 13 15 1
 

“Inadequate treatment of mentally ill people”

 

1/10-13/13

56 30 7 5 2
 

“Lack of individual responsibility by gun owners”

 

1/10-13/13

53 30 7 8 1

“Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the leadership of the National Rifle Association?”

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

36 44 20    

“Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?”

 
    Too much Too little Right
amount
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-13/13

38 24 30 8  
 

3/30 – 4/2/00

44 18 32 6  
 

8/30 – 9/2/99

47 17 31 5  

“Thinking about the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, last month — would you say this incident has made you more likely to support some forms of gun control, less likely to support some forms of gun control, or made no difference in your opinion on gun control?”

 
    More likely Less likely No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-13/13

52 5 42 1  

“How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in your community? Is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?”

 
    A great
deal
Somewhat Not so
much
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

1/10-13/13

24 31 24 21  

“Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?”

 
    Yes No      
    % %      
 

1/10-13/13

44 56      
 

1/13-16/11

44 55      
 

4/21-24/09

41 58      
 

6/12-15/08

42 58      
 

4/22/07

45 55      
 

10/5-8/06

42 58      
 

10/02

41 59      
 

5/00

45 55      
 

4/00

43 56      
 

9/99

44 56      
 

5/99

46 53      

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 9-13, 2013. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.9.

             

“Which party could do a better job of reflecting your views about gun control?”
12/12: “Please tell me if you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party could do a better job reflecting your views about gun control?”

 
    Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

1/9-13/13

38 40 5 6 11
 

12/17-19/12

27 28 12 15 18
             

“What do you think is more important — to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?”

 
    Protect
right to
own guns
Control
ownership
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-13/13

45 51 5    
 

Men

51 44      
 

Women

38 57      
 

Republicans

70 27      
 

Democrats

22 73      
 

Independents

49 47      
 
 

12/17-19/12

42 49 9    
 

7/26-29/12

46 47 6    
 

4/4-15/12

49 45 6    
 

9/22 – 10/4/11

47 49 5    
 

2/22 – 3/1/11

48 47 6    
 

1/13-16/11

49 46 6    
             

“Please tell me if you would favor or oppose the following proposals about gun policy. First, [see below]?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

“A ban on semi-automatic weapons” N=727 (Form 1), margin of error ± 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

58 39 3    
             
 

“A ban on the sale of ammunition online” N=727 (Form 1), margin of error ± 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

53 44 3    
             
 

“Putting armed security guards or police in more schools” N=727 (Form 1), margin of error ± 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

64 32 4    
             
 

“Laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns” N=727 (Form 1), margin of error ± 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

80 16 4    
             
 

“Making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks” N=727 (Form 1), margin of error ± 4.2

 

1/9-13/13

85 12 3    
             
 

“A ban on assault style weapons” N=775 (Form 2), margin of error ± 4.1

 

1/9-13/13

55 40 5    
             
 

“A ban on high-capacity ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets” N=775 (Form 2), margin of error ± 4.1

 

1/9-13/13

54 42 4    
             
 

“More teachers and school officials having guns in schools” N=775 (Form 2), margin of error ± 4.1

 

1/9-13/13

40 57 3    
             
 

“Creating a federal government database to track all gun sales” N=775 (Form 2), margin of error ± 4.1

 

1/9-13/13

67 30 3    
             

“Do you happen to have any guns, rifles or pistols in your home?”

 
    Yes No Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/9-13/13

33 61 6    
 

12/17-19/12

35 61 4    
 

2/22 – 3/1/11

37 60 4    

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-10, 2013. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation’s laws or policies on guns?”

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/7-10/13

43 51 5    
 

1/5-8/12

50 42 8    
 

1/4-6/08

48 44 7    
 

1/15-18/07

50 43 7    
 

1/9-12/06

48 43 9    

“Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the nation’s laws or policies on guns?” If dissatisfied: “Would you like to see gun laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?” Combined responses.

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied:
More strict
Dissatisfied:
Less strict
Dissatisfied:
Remain same
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

1/7-10/13

43 38 5 8 5
 

1/5-8/12

50 25 8 9 8
 

1/4-6/08

49 30 8 6 7
 

1/15-18/07

50 30 6 7 7
 

1/9-12/06

47 32 7 4 9

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 19-22, 2012. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?”

 
    More
strict
Less
strict
Kept as
now
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/19-22/12

58 6 34 2  
 

10/6-9/11

43 11 44 2  
 

10/7-10/10

44 12 42 2  
 

10/1-4/09

44 12 43 1  
 

10/3-5/08

49 8 41 2  
 

10/4-7/07

51 8 39 2  
 

10/9-12/06

56 9 33 2  
 

10/13-16/05

57 7 35 1  
 

10/11-14/04

54 11 34 1  
 

1/9-11/04

60 6 34  

“Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?”

 
    Should be Should
not be
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

24 74 2    
 

10/6-9/11

26 73 1    
 

10/7-10/10

29 69 1    
 

10/1-4/09

28 71 1    
 

10/3-5/08

29 69 2    
 

10/4-7/07

30 68 2    
 

10/9-12/06

32 66 2    
 

10/13-16/05

35 64 1    
 

10/11-14/04

36 63 1    

“In terms of gun laws in the United States, which of the following would you prefer to see happen: enforce the current gun laws more strictly and NOT pass new gun laws, or pass new gun laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly?” Options rotated

 
    Enforce laws
more strictly
Pass new
laws
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

46 47 7    
 

10/6-9/11

60 35 5    
 

10/4-7/07

58 38 4    
 

10/9-12/06

53 43 4    
 

2/8-10/02

60 38 2    
 

8/29 – 9/5/00

53 45 2    
 

4/28-30/00

51 44 5    

“Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?”

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

44 51 5    
 

10/6-9/11

43 53 5    
 

10/11-14/04

50 46 4    

“Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following: A law which would require background checks before people — including gun dealers — could buy guns at gun shows.”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

92 7    
 

2/8-9/99

83 16 1    

“Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following: A law which would ban the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition clips that can contain more than 10 bullets.”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

62 35 3

CBS Poll December 14-16    18 point shift in public support for stricter gun control laws  – 47% after Gifford shooting in January 2011; 39 % in April 2012;  57% in December 2012. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57559669/poll-support-for-stricter-gun-control-at-10-year-high/

 Pollingreport.com aggregation

CBS News Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2012. N=620 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“In general, do you think gun control laws should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?”

 
    More strict Less strict Kept as
they are
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/14-16/12

57 9 30 4  
 

Republicans

38 14 41    
 

Democrats

78 5 14    
 

Independents

48 11 37    
 
 

4/12

39 13 41 6  

“How much have you heard or read about the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: a lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?”

 
    A lot Some Not much Nothing
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

12/14-16/12

69 26 3 1  

“Do you think that stricter gun control laws would have done a lot to prevent the violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, done a little, or had no effect on preventing the violence in the school in Newtown, Connecticut?”

 
    A lot A little No effect It
depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

26 16 50 3 5

http://www.pollingreport.com/guns.htm

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2012. N=602 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.5.

“Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

54 43 3    
 

Democrats

72 22      
 

Republicans

29 67      
 

Independents

52 46      
 
 

7/25 – 8/5/12

51 47 2    
 

1/13-16/11

52 45 3    
 

4/21-24/09

51 48 1    
 

4/22/07

61 36 3    
 

10/06

61 37 2    
 

5/02

57 37 6    
 

1/01

59 39 2    
 

5/00

67 30 3    
 

4/00

64 34 2    
 

9/99

63 35 2    
 

8/99

63 34 3    
 

5/99

67 31 1    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

52 44 3    
 

1/13-16/11

48 50 2    
 

4/22/07

55 41 3    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law enforcement officers?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

27 71 2    
 

1/13-16/11

31 67 2    
 

4/22/07

38 60 3    
 

5/00

38 59 3    
 

9/99

32 65 3    

“Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets?”

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

59 38 2    
 

1/13-16/11

57 39 3    

“What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country: by passing stricter gun control laws, or by stricter enforcement of existing laws?” Options rotated

 
    Stricter
laws
Stricter
enforcement
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

12/14-16/12

32 49 8 7 3
 

1/13-16/11

29 57 5 7 2
 

4/21-24/09

27 61 5 4 2
 

4/22/07

29 52 9 8 1
 

4/00

33 53 7 5 2

“Thinking about the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school: Do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?”

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated
acts
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/14-16/12

52 43 5    

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 7-8, 2012. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

“Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? There should be no restrictions on owning guns. There should be some restrictions on owning guns. All guns should be illegal for everyone except police and authorized personnel.”

 
    No
restrictions
Some
restrictions
Illegal Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/7-8/12

13 76 10  
 

1/14-16/11

14 71 14 1  
 

6/26-28/09

14 71 15  

“Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? There should be no restrictions on owning guns. There should be some restrictions on owning guns. All guns should be illegal for everyone except police and authorized personnel.” If some restrictions: “Do you think there should be major restrictions on owning guns or only minor restrictions?” Combined responses.

 
    No
restrictions
Minor
restrictions
Major
restrictions
Illegal Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/7-8/12

13 37 38 10 1
 

1/14-16/11

14 36 34 14 2
 

6/26-28/09

14 36 34 15 1

“Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each of the following proposals which some people have made to reduce the amount of gun violence. . . .”

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

“A background check on anyone attempting to purchase a gun in order to determine whether the prospective buyer has been convicted of a felony”

 

8/7-8/12

96 4    
 

“A ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of semi-automatic assault guns, such as the AK-47”

 

8/7-8/12

57 42 1    
 

“A ban on the sale and possession of equipment known as high-capacity or extended ammunition clips, which allow some guns to shoot more than 10 bullets before they need to be reloaded”

 

8/7-8/12

60 40 1    
 

“Preventing certain people, such as convicted felons or people with mental health problems, from owning guns”

 

8/7-8/12

91 8 1    
 

“Limiting the number of guns an individual can own”

 

8/7-8/12

45 54 1    
 

“Requiring gun owners to register their guns with the local government”

 

8/7-8/12

76 23 1    
 

“Preventing all Americans from owning guns”

 

8/7-8/12

10 89

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