Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19401
 
Tampa Bay Supports Laws to Limit Ammo Sales and Clip Capacity, Wants Better Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws:

Tampa Bay area adults are of mixed minds on the issue of gun control, following last week's shooting in Aurora CO. Tampa favors new laws that would limit the amount of ammunition that a person can guy at one time. Tampa favors new laws that would restrict the sale of semi-automatic weapons. But when asked if gun violence would be more reduced by the passing of new laws or by the enforcement of existing laws, Tampa by nearly 2:1 favors the enforcement of existing laws.

The survey, conducted for WFLA-TV by SurveyUSA, also finds Tampa area residents in agreement with decisions made by the NCAA and by Penn State University about Penn State's football program.

 
What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Right To Own46%57%37%50%51%47%40%50%43%49%17%51%**64%24%54%72%37%35%62%32%48%48%44%
Control Ownership48%41%55%46%43%46%54%45%51%46%72%49%**31%69%42%26%58%59%35%63%46%48%50%
Not Sure5%3%8%4%6%7%5%5%6%5%11%0%**5%7%3%2%5%6%4%5%6%4%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
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?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Passing Stricter Laws34%28%40%24%35%35%41%29%38%32%66%25%**21%53%27%22%38%49%27%44%40%33%36%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing60%65%55%68%62%55%55%65%55%63%27%64%**78%43%59%72%55%46%68%51%53%59%61%
Not Sure6%6%6%8%3%10%4%6%6%5%7%10%**2%4%15%6%7%6%6%6%6%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
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?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support48%41%55%33%40%58%58%36%58%49%47%46%**45%56%43%45%51%57%38%57%41%49%52%
Oppose45%56%35%60%56%35%35%58%35%45%35%49%**50%38%46%49%44%37%54%37%50%43%44%
Not Sure7%3%10%7%4%8%7%6%7%6%18%5%**5%6%10%6%5%7%7%5%9%8%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support64%58%69%56%54%72%70%55%71%63%70%65%**59%72%60%56%70%64%56%71%65%63%64%
Oppose30%39%22%39%38%22%26%38%24%32%17%30%**34%22%34%40%25%31%38%24%26%32%30%
Not Sure6%3%8%5%9%6%5%7%5%5%13%5%**6%6%6%4%5%5%6%5%9%5%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support65%54%75%62%58%63%73%60%69%64%78%61%**57%79%54%44%74%69%54%75%64%64%67%
Oppose32%43%22%36%40%34%24%38%28%33%16%34%**41%18%42%55%23%26%42%24%31%33%31%
Not Sure3%3%3%2%3%3%3%2%3%2%7%5%**2%3%4%1%3%5%4%1%6%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%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
6Based on what you know now, do you think the shootings in Aurora Colorado were ... completely avoidable? Partially avoidable? Or unavoidable?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Completely Avoidable11%8%12%7%16%8%11%11%10%10%24%3%**10%12%10%12%9%16%8%14%9%11%12%
Partially Avoidable51%48%55%58%45%52%50%52%51%51%47%60%**41%62%50%36%61%49%51%51%43%52%54%
Unavoidable34%42%28%33%35%36%34%34%35%36%24%33%**46%22%37%51%24%33%36%31%40%34%30%
Not Sure4%2%5%2%4%4%4%3%4%4%5%5%**3%4%3%0%6%2%5%4%7%2%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
7After the events in Aurora, are you worried ... a lot? A little? Or not at all ... about going into a movie theater?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
A Lot15%8%22%19%10%14%17%15%16%13%22%28%**15%21%7%12%15%12%15%15%22%12%12%
A Little35%26%42%39%31%33%35%36%34%34%40%28%**26%41%34%24%39%49%27%41%34%37%33%
Not At All50%66%35%41%59%53%48%50%50%52%36%44%**59%38%58%65%46%39%57%44%43%50%54%
Not Sure0%0%1%0%0%0%1%0%1%0%3%0%**0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%1%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%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
8Are you following news stories about the penalties that the NCAA has given to Penn State University?
700 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Yes61%68%54%42%60%68%69%51%68%61%62%55%**66%62%52%66%65%50%57%65%56%62%64%
No31%25%37%56%34%25%17%46%20%32%18%39%**28%28%38%29%27%39%34%28%28%30%32%
Not Sure8%6%10%2%5%7%15%4%12%7%20%6%**6%10%10%5%8%11%9%7%15%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%47%53%23%21%23%34%44%56%80%8%9%2%33%39%25%29%46%18%44%52%21%43%36%
 
 
9Do you think the NCAA penalties imposed on Penn State University are ... too harsh? Too lenient? Or just right?
424 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Harsh27%33%20%31%38%24%22%35%23%25%32%39%**33%20%31%26%31%21%24%30%26%30%25%
Too Lenient26%27%24%30%20%26%27%25%26%25%24%29%**21%30%31%21%33%17%27%26%19%36%18%
Just About Right47%39%55%40%42%50%51%41%50%49%44%32%**46%51%37%52%35%62%48%43%55%34%56%
Not Sure0%0%1%0%0%1%1%0%1%1%0%0%**1%0%1%1%0%0%1%0%0%0%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 Following PSU Stories100%53%47%16%21%25%38%36%64%81%9%8%3%36%40%22%31%49%14%41%55%20%43%37%
 
 
10Do you think Joe Paterno's statue outside of Beaver stadium should? Or should not? Have been removed?
424 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
Should68%66%70%75%69%63%67%72%66%67%66%78%**66%72%62%75%64%71%67%69%66%68%70%
Should Not25%26%24%19%18%33%26%19%29%27%24%13%**27%21%32%18%31%20%27%24%28%28%21%
Not Sure7%8%6%5%13%4%6%10%5%6%10%8%**8%7%6%7%5%9%6%7%6%4%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%53%47%16%21%25%38%36%64%81%9%8%3%36%40%22%31%49%14%41%55%20%43%37%
 
 
11Do you think Penn State will? Or will not be able to restore its reputation?
424 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Will Restore52%54%51%36%64%59%49%52%53%53%65%40%**50%53%57%48%55%60%56%51%39%47%67%
Will Not29%31%27%50%18%26%28%32%27%30%4%47%**33%26%25%34%25%23%29%29%43%32%19%
Not Sure19%15%22%14%18%15%23%16%20%17%31%13%**17%20%18%18%20%18%15%20%18%21%14%
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%53%47%16%21%25%38%36%64%81%9%8%3%36%40%22%31%49%14%41%55%20%43%37%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.