Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20207
 
1Are you familiar with a letter that Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller wrote to Vice President Joe Biden?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Yes52%53%51%47%48%57%59%47%58%51%53%53%55%54%48%51%54%47%48%59%42%60%44%49%55%48%50%57%
No45%44%47%53%47%41%38%50%40%47%44%45%43%43%49%48%43%50%49%39%54%38%54%48%44%50%47%42%
Not Sure2%3%2%0%5%2%4%2%3%3%3%2%3%3%2%2%3%3%3%2%3%2%3%4%1%2%3%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
2Sheriff Mueller said that any federal laws that ... in the sheriff's words ... prevent law abiding citizens from possessing certain guns and ammunition containers ... would be deemed unconstitutional in Linn County and would not be enforced by the sheriff or his deputies. We have several questions. First, do you agree or disagree with Linn County sheriff Tim Mueller?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Agree53%63%43%57%50%52%51%54%52%73%38%54%80%44%38%59%49%40%42%66%53%59%37%46%50%51%52%55%
Disagree39%32%46%32%42%43%43%36%43%21%56%36%15%49%53%34%42%49%51%28%29%37%54%37%47%42%39%39%
Not Sure8%5%11%12%8%5%5%10%5%6%7%10%5%7%9%7%9%11%7%6%18%4%9%17%4%7%9%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
3Regardless of whether you agree with Mueller, do you think a county sheriff has the authority to decide what federal laws are constitutional or unconstitutional?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Yes33%40%27%35%33%32%33%34%32%43%18%42%56%26%22%34%33%26%29%37%32%34%23%32%30%24%29%41%
No61%55%67%61%60%62%63%61%62%49%80%51%33%70%77%60%62%71%66%56%61%59%75%63%64%71%65%56%
Not Sure5%5%6%4%7%6%4%5%5%9%2%6%11%4%1%6%5%3%5%7%7%7%2%5%6%5%7%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
4Are you following news stories about President Obama's plans to change some of the nation's gun laws?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Yes86%90%82%77%86%93%89%81%91%87%83%88%88%94%72%84%87%81%85%90%65%88%91%74%91%89%85%88%
No9%8%10%14%9%4%7%12%5%11%10%5%10%3%13%8%9%10%13%6%22%10%2%14%6%7%9%8%
Not Sure5%2%8%9%6%3%3%7%3%2%7%6%2%3%15%8%4%9%2%4%13%2%7%12%3%5%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%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
5Next week, President Obama will ask Congress to pass a number of new laws. One proposal calls for a federal ban on assault weapons. Should Congress pass this proposal into law? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Should Pass48%37%59%37%51%50%61%43%54%42%66%35%27%58%58%44%51%58%58%38%52%44%59%46%55%51%48%49%
Should NOT Pass45%58%32%56%43%41%34%50%38%52%28%56%67%35%39%54%39%35%32%57%39%49%35%43%40%43%46%43%
Not Sure7%5%9%7%6%9%5%7%7%6%6%9%6%7%3%3%10%8%11%5%9%8%6%11%5%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
6Another proposal would require background checks on all gun buyers, including private sales between individuals.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Should Pass69%62%76%70%71%68%67%70%68%56%80%68%49%75%79%71%68%78%79%56%74%64%75%70%61%80%70%67%
Should NOT Pass27%36%19%30%25%25%27%28%26%37%17%30%44%23%18%27%27%18%19%39%18%33%23%25%35%17%27%27%
Not Sure4%2%6%0%4%7%6%2%6%7%3%2%7%2%3%3%5%4%2%5%8%3%3%5%4%3%3%5%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%
 
 
7Another proposal would limit how much ammunition a given gun can hold.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KPortlandRest of
Should Pass49%36%62%41%50%47%64%45%54%36%67%41%29%53%68%46%51%62%65%34%58%42%63%55%50%54%50%48%
Should NOT Pass44%61%29%52%42%48%30%47%41%56%29%52%66%38%30%47%43%30%30%62%38%49%33%38%44%39%43%47%
Not Sure6%3%9%8%8%5%5%8%5%8%4%7%5%9%3%7%6%9%5%4%5%9%4%7%6%7%7%5%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%28%18%54%46%27%38%35%24%48%20%39%61%45%16%39%18%46%37%29%40%30%65%35%