Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19406
 
San Diego Supports Laws to Limit Ammo Sales and Clip Capacity, Wants Stricter Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws:

San Diego area adults are of mixed minds on the issue of gun control, following last week's shooting in Aurora CO. By 2:1, San Diego adults favor new laws that would limit the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at one time; by 3:2, they support laws to limit the number of bullets that can be loaded into a magazine at any one time. By 5:4, San Diego supports a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons. But asked if gun violence would be more reduced by the passing of new laws or by better enforcement of existing laws, San Diego by a 19 point margin favors the stricter enforcement of existing laws. Asked whether it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns or to control gun ownership, San Diego adults split.

The survey, conducted for KGTV-TV by SurveyUSA, also finds San Diego area residents in agreement with the decision by Penn State University to remove a statue of football coach Joe Paterno from the Penn State Campus. But, residents are divided on sanctions imposed by the NCAA: 45% say the NCAA penalties are "just right," but 28% say the sanctions are too lenient, and 24% say the sanctions are too harsh.

 
What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Right To Own44%53%35%45%47%38%45%46%42%51%35%36%32%66%25%41%68%36%27%62%33%48%48%37%
Control Ownership49%40%59%44%51%57%49%47%53%42%58%57%65%28%67%53%27%57%66%29%62%44%43%59%
Not Sure6%7%6%11%2%5%6%7%5%7%7%7%3%5%8%6%5%7%7%8%5%9%9%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
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?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Passing Stricter Laws35%29%41%36%30%41%36%33%38%31%40%35%54%18%51%35%16%38%55%20%46%40%25%44%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing54%61%48%50%61%50%57%55%54%59%42%56%37%72%41%52%71%53%39%69%45%51%58%50%
Not Sure10%10%11%14%9%9%7%12%8%10%18%9%9%10%8%12%13%9%5%11%10%9%16%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support51%43%59%44%48%60%63%46%61%52%64%44%54%48%59%49%37%56%62%39%59%32%46%62%
Oppose43%53%33%49%47%36%32%48%34%41%28%50%46%49%34%45%61%36%33%56%35%61%46%33%
Not Sure6%4%7%8%5%4%5%6%4%6%8%6%0%3%7%6%2%8%5%5%6%7%7%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support59%52%67%55%55%65%69%55%67%61%61%58%53%48%70%58%40%69%67%49%67%52%54%65%
Oppose35%45%26%40%38%32%26%39%29%35%28%36%41%48%24%37%55%27%29%45%28%44%38%31%
Not Sure5%3%7%5%6%3%6%6%4%4%11%6%5%3%6%5%5%4%5%5%5%4%8%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support63%51%74%61%58%66%70%60%68%61%72%64%68%52%71%62%45%68%72%50%71%56%62%67%
Oppose33%46%20%34%38%29%26%36%28%36%27%28%29%41%25%37%48%28%25%45%25%44%33%30%
Not Sure4%3%5%4%4%4%4%4%4%3%1%8%3%7%4%1%6%3%3%6%3%1%6%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
6Based on what you know now, do you think the shootings in Aurora Colorado were ... completely avoidable? Partially avoidable? Or unavoidable?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Completely Avoidable20%18%21%22%25%11%13%24%12%13%22%26%38%13%24%22%16%14%36%13%24%20%18%22%
Partially Avoidable41%37%46%38%36%51%46%37%49%43%34%39%39%37%48%38%35%47%40%38%45%41%43%41%
Unavoidable36%44%29%38%37%32%38%37%35%41%35%32%20%48%25%37%48%36%22%49%29%38%34%36%
Not Sure3%2%4%2%2%6%3%2%4%2%9%3%3%2%3%3%2%3%2%1%2%1%4%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
7After the events in Aurora, are you worried ... a lot? A little? Or not at all ... about going into a movie theater?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
A Lot14%11%16%16%14%9%13%15%11%7%27%29%10%11%19%6%15%12%12%9%16%20%19%7%
A Little33%26%41%31%39%34%29%34%31%32%29%32%46%35%26%39%32%36%32%24%37%26%25%42%
Not At All52%63%41%51%47%55%57%50%56%60%44%39%41%53%53%54%52%51%55%67%46%53%55%50%
Not Sure1%1%1%2%0%2%1%1%1%1%0%0%3%1%1%1%0%1%2%0%1%0%1%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
8Are you following news stories about the penalties that the NCAA has given to Penn State University?
850 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Yes55%60%51%43%59%62%67%50%64%63%62%44%32%60%55%51%62%58%50%64%51%41%51%62%
No36%32%39%48%34%28%21%42%24%30%25%42%56%31%36%42%27%34%42%30%39%42%36%34%
Not Sure9%8%10%8%7%10%12%8%11%7%13%14%12%9%9%7%10%8%8%6%10%17%13%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%28%18%18%65%35%60%5%23%12%35%36%26%30%38%24%29%64%14%41%45%
 
 
9Do you think the NCAA penalties imposed on Penn State University are ... too harsh? Too lenient? Or just right?
470 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Harsh24%28%20%20%25%29%24%22%26%30%24%7%13%28%18%27%29%25%9%27%23%32%23%22%
Too Lenient28%29%27%32%35%22%18%34%20%22%32%53%25%23%37%21%28%27%35%26%25%17%28%30%
Just About Right45%40%52%42%39%47%57%41%52%45%44%39%62%47%44%47%43%43%56%46%48%50%46%46%
Not Sure3%4%1%6%1%1%1%4%1%3%0%1%0%2%1%5%1%5%0%1%4%1%4%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following PSU Stories100%54%46%29%30%20%21%59%41%69%6%18%7%38%36%24%34%40%22%34%59%11%39%51%
 
 
10Do you think Joe Paterno's statue outside of Beaver stadium should? Or should not? Have been removed?
470 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Should63%62%65%53%75%57%65%64%61%60%66%75%57%55%69%67%60%57%81%66%58%72%58%64%
Should Not28%29%26%33%18%35%27%25%31%30%24%15%40%35%24%23%34%30%18%29%29%21%32%28%
Not Sure9%9%10%14%7%9%7%10%8%10%10%10%4%10%7%10%6%13%1%5%12%7%10%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following PSU Stories100%54%46%29%30%20%21%59%41%69%6%18%7%38%36%24%34%40%22%34%59%11%39%51%
 
 
11Do you think Penn State will? Or will not be able to restore its reputation?
470 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Will Restore51%51%51%45%47%60%56%46%58%54%54%42%44%54%46%55%54%53%43%47%55%51%45%58%
Will Not33%35%30%42%34%27%23%38%25%33%28%34%28%29%32%38%25%30%47%28%34%44%29%30%
Not Sure17%14%19%13%19%13%21%16%17%13%18%24%28%17%21%8%21%17%11%25%12%5%27%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following PSU Stories100%54%46%29%30%20%21%59%41%69%6%18%7%38%36%24%34%40%22%34%59%11%39%51%