Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20202
 
1What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Right To Own50%56%45%48%52%50%64%**35%41%69%38%52%62%47%41%65%38%44%57%44%
Control Ownership45%40%51%50%41%46%30%**61%53%25%58%44%34%47%57%32%56%53%37%52%
Not Sure5%5%5%2%7%5%5%**4%6%6%4%4%4%6%2%4%6%3%6%4%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
2Does widespread gun ownership protect law abiding citizens from crime? Or make society more dangerous?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Protects Citizens63%69%57%61%67%59%71%**48%87%72%52%71%82%58%49%74%55%61%66%60%
Makes Society Dangerous29%23%34%33%25%31%21%**41%11%23%40%16%13%33%40%17%37%28%27%31%
Not Sure8%7%9%6%9%10%7%**11%2%5%8%13%5%10%11%9%8%11%7%9%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
3What 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?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Passing Stricter Laws40%35%46%46%36%39%28%**51%57%26%54%35%32%41%55%31%51%44%38%44%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing50%56%44%51%47%55%61%**38%37%70%34%56%62%48%35%63%40%50%51%48%
Not Sure9%9%10%3%17%6%10%**10%6%5%12%9%6%11%10%6%9%6%11%8%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
4Are federal laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Strict10%11%9%10%8%13%15%**2%15%17%3%12%15%10%3%13%7%8%10%11%
Not Strict Enough55%49%61%59%52%55%44%**66%68%38%75%41%42%59%72%42%68%52%53%60%
Just About Right30%37%24%27%34%29%35%**28%11%42%19%37%40%26%20%39%22%33%32%25%
Not Sure5%3%6%5%6%3%6%**4%6%4%2%9%4%5%4%6%3%7%5%4%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
5Are California laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Strict17%22%12%14%20%17%24%**7%24%26%9%21%21%17%11%28%7%11%17%20%
Not Strict Enough51%45%58%53%49%51%38%**63%61%29%71%41%36%51%70%37%63%54%53%47%
Just About Right27%32%22%26%27%29%32%**27%9%41%17%31%37%30%16%31%26%31%27%27%
Not Sure5%2%8%7%4%2%6%**3%6%3%3%7%6%2%4%4%3%4%3%6%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
6Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically load the next bullet after a shot is fired?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support36%36%37%38%31%42%39%**38%8%30%43%34%27%39%49%37%37%40%34%40%
Oppose46%54%38%47%47%44%47%**45%44%61%37%46%48%50%34%50%42%47%48%41%
Not Sure17%10%25%14%22%14%13%**17%48%10%20%20%25%11%17%13%21%14%19%19%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
7Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support55%55%54%60%45%62%58%**55%21%40%64%57%37%62%65%48%61%56%57%52%
Oppose34%40%28%33%39%29%36%**35%33%53%26%30%45%30%30%45%27%31%33%38%
Not Sure11%4%18%7%16%9%6%**10%46%7%10%13%18%8%5%7%12%13%11%10%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
8Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support53%53%52%61%41%61%48%**64%24%38%68%47%30%63%74%44%62%60%53%52%
Oppose37%44%31%29%46%35%45%**29%30%60%22%34%55%30%18%52%25%36%38%33%
Not Sure10%3%17%10%14%4%7%**7%46%3%9%19%15%6%8%5%13%4%9%15%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
9Should criminal background checks be required for every person who wants to purchase a firearm? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Should90%90%89%90%89%91%89%**89%96%90%92%89%91%94%84%88%92%84%92%90%
Should Not7%8%6%9%7%5%9%**6%1%9%5%9%8%5%11%9%6%12%5%8%
Not Sure3%2%4%1%4%3%2%**4%3%1%3%2%1%1%5%2%2%4%2%2%
Total100%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%35%40%25%47%4%40%8%28%43%27%34%36%22%39%55%16%49%34%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.