Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19408
 
Oregon Supports Laws to Limit Ammo Sales and Clip Capacity, Wants Stricter Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws:

Oregon adults are of mixed minds on the issue of gun control, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KATU News in Portland. Oregonians support new laws that would limit the number of bullets that can be loaded into a magazine at any one time by a 21-point margin, and support new laws that would limit the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at one time by a 17-point margin, but split over whether or not there should be a national ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Asked if gun violence would be more reduced by the passing of new laws or by better enforcement of existing laws, Oregon by more than 2:1 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, Oregon chooses the right to own guns by a 13-point margin. Full results follow.

 
1What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Right To Own55%53%57%53%53%59%55%53%57%58%**45%31%77%36%55%84%47%27%66%31%57%64%45%47%72%
Control Ownership42%46%38%47%41%39%41%44%40%40%**55%52%20%62%39%11%52%72%30%67%32%34%54%50%26%
Not Sure3%1%5%0%6%2%4%3%3%2%**0%16%2%1%6%5%1%2%3%3%11%1%1%3%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
2What 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 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Passing Stricter Laws28%29%28%19%23%36%37%21%37%28%**34%28%12%39%33%20%27%47%22%42%36%22%32%33%19%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing65%63%66%72%72%56%58%72%57%65%**66%55%82%52%62%74%69%39%70%51%57%72%60%60%74%
Not Sure7%8%6%9%5%8%5%7%7%7%**0%17%6%9%5%5%4%14%7%6%6%7%7%6%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
3Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support49%42%55%31%59%52%54%45%53%47%**59%61%39%67%34%29%57%63%44%64%30%39%65%55%37%
Oppose43%54%33%53%37%43%40%45%42%45%**41%28%53%25%59%62%35%31%46%34%63%50%28%40%51%
Not Sure8%4%12%16%4%5%6%10%5%8%**0%12%9%8%6%9%8%5%10%3%6%10%7%6%12%
Total100%100%100%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%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
4Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support61%59%62%53%66%58%67%60%62%60%**68%60%46%77%54%42%69%73%55%77%51%60%70%65%53%
Oppose36%38%33%46%29%39%25%37%33%36%**28%37%50%18%42%54%29%21%42%20%45%37%26%31%43%
Not Sure4%3%5%1%5%3%8%3%5%4%**4%3%3%5%4%5%2%6%4%3%4%3%4%4%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
5Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support57%52%62%58%56%55%62%57%58%59%**49%57%48%68%53%38%63%72%50%74%50%58%63%60%51%
Oppose40%47%34%41%42%42%34%42%39%38%**51%43%51%28%45%60%34%26%48%23%46%39%36%38%46%
Not Sure2%2%3%1%2%4%4%1%4%3%**0%0%1%3%2%1%3%2%2%2%4%3%1%2%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
6Based on what you know now, do you think the shootings in Aurora Colorado were ... completely avoidable? Partially avoidable? Or unavoidable?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Completely Avoidable12%11%13%11%15%9%14%13%11%9%**43%14%5%17%13%10%11%17%13%12%18%5%14%14%9%
Partially Avoidable45%43%47%45%39%50%46%42%49%49%**31%25%32%53%49%34%50%54%40%57%40%51%46%52%31%
Unavoidable38%44%33%35%44%38%36%39%37%38%**27%49%55%26%37%49%36%28%44%28%41%40%37%33%49%
Not Sure4%1%7%9%2%3%3%5%3%4%**0%12%8%4%2%7%3%1%3%2%2%3%3%1%10%
Total100%100%100%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%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
7After the events in Aurora, are you worried ... a lot? A little? Or not at all ... about going into a movie theater?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
A Lot7%7%7%4%9%5%11%6%7%4%**27%14%4%5%12%5%8%4%2%15%8%6%7%8%3%
A Little30%28%33%32%30%32%27%31%30%32%**21%29%31%32%25%24%33%31%33%30%28%26%36%30%32%
Not At All63%65%60%64%61%63%62%63%63%64%**53%58%64%63%63%70%58%65%65%56%63%67%57%62%65%
Not Sure0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%**0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%
Total100%100%100%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%49%51%27%27%27%18%54%46%82%2%9%7%31%40%27%31%46%20%60%37%18%30%52%66%34%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.