Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19402
 
Fresno Supports Laws to Limit Ammo Sales and Clip Capacity, Wants Stricter Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws:

Fresno area adults are of mixed minds on the issue of gun control, following last week's shooting in Aurora CO. Fresno favors new laws that would limit the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at one time. Fresno favors a new law that would limit the number of bullets that can be loaded into a magazine at any one time. But asked if gun violence would be more reduced by the passing of new laws or by better enforcement of existing laws, Fresno by nearly 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, Freno is split.

The survey, conducted for KFSN-TV by SurveyUSA, also finds Fresno 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: 43% say the NCAA penalties are "just right," but 31% say the sanctions are too lenient, and 21% say the sanctions are too harsh.

 
1What 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 Own45%53%37%41%41%54%49%41%52%58%**29%48%70%23%45%66%42%22%64%29%46%39%51%
Control Ownership47%37%56%52%50%36%46%51%40%36%**59%44%23%71%44%26%51%73%34%60%48%53%41%
Not Sure8%10%7%8%9%10%5%8%8%5%**12%8%7%6%11%8%6%5%2%11%6%8%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 Adults100%50%50%36%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
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?
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%29%39%41%34%27%31%38%29%25%**41%52%19%50%33%23%36%49%25%44%42%35%32%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing57%61%53%48%63%61%63%54%62%64%**50%48%67%47%60%66%59%47%64%52%49%57%62%
Not Sure9%9%8%11%3%13%5%8%9%11%**8%0%14%2%7%11%5%4%11%5%9%8%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%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
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?
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
Support44%35%52%38%49%41%52%42%46%45%**42%39%34%58%32%30%45%66%37%48%42%39%50%
Oppose47%57%37%51%43%50%40%48%46%46%**46%58%58%35%51%62%45%28%56%41%48%52%41%
Not Sure9%8%11%11%8%9%9%10%9%9%**12%3%8%7%17%9%10%6%7%11%10%9%9%
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%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
4Would 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: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support59%53%65%54%60%58%70%56%63%57%**61%49%50%76%45%52%59%78%55%65%61%61%56%
Oppose32%39%24%35%29%36%24%32%31%37%**26%36%42%18%39%41%31%15%40%26%33%31%32%
Not Sure9%8%11%11%11%6%7%11%6%5%**13%15%8%6%15%7%10%7%5%10%7%7%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
5Would 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: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support62%51%72%59%62%61%69%60%64%58%**63%63%48%82%50%50%66%79%55%69%62%68%54%
Oppose33%43%22%35%34%33%26%34%30%38%**30%29%45%18%41%41%31%20%42%24%34%28%38%
Not Sure5%5%6%6%4%7%4%5%6%4%**7%8%8%0%10%9%4%0%3%6%4%4%7%
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%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
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 Avoidable16%16%16%14%19%13%18%16%15%13%**18%22%12%21%15%12%15%25%13%19%24%15%12%
Partially Avoidable47%43%52%54%43%41%48%50%44%45%**50%52%42%53%46%48%45%50%38%53%37%47%53%
Unavoidable33%38%27%27%33%44%32%29%39%39%**27%27%42%23%34%39%35%22%47%23%34%32%33%
Not Sure4%3%5%6%5%1%3%5%2%3%**5%0%5%3%5%1%5%3%2%6%5%6%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%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
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 Lot17%11%23%28%13%7%14%22%10%9%**26%12%11%19%17%13%17%10%10%22%21%21%7%
A Little36%28%44%35%42%35%34%38%34%30%**40%52%35%44%28%33%36%46%34%40%37%38%34%
Not At All46%60%32%37%46%58%51%40%55%60%**33%36%54%35%55%54%47%43%55%38%40%40%58%
Not Sure0%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%1%**0%0%0%1%0%0%0%2%1%0%2%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%50%50%36%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
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: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Yes54%56%53%51%53%55%62%52%58%58%**53%36%53%57%51%46%61%53%61%49%57%51%56%
No34%32%35%38%39%32%19%38%26%33%**32%50%35%30%39%39%29%38%32%35%32%39%30%
Not Sure12%12%12%11%8%13%19%10%15%9%**15%13%12%13%10%15%10%9%7%15%11%11%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 Adults100%50%50%36%25%23%17%61%39%47%4%40%8%33%41%23%29%38%21%39%57%19%48%33%
 
 
9Do you think the NCAA penalties imposed on Penn State University are ... too harsh? Too lenient? Or just right?
381 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Harsh21%25%18%19%25%24%18%21%21%25%29%16%19%30%17%13%30%18%20%22%19%14%20%25%
Too Lenient31%32%29%34%30%27%32%32%29%26%45%33%43%21%38%29%31%26%45%29%32%37%27%30%
Just About Right43%38%49%39%43%46%49%41%47%46%26%43%36%47%39%52%38%50%27%44%45%42%48%41%
Not Sure4%6%3%8%2%3%2%6%3%3%0%8%2%2%6%6%1%6%8%4%4%6%5%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 Following PSU Stories100%51%49%34%24%23%19%58%42%50%5%39%6%33%43%22%25%42%21%45%53%21%45%34%
 
 
10Do you think Joe Paterno's statue outside of Beaver stadium should? Or should not? Have been removed?
381 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
Should65%57%73%68%65%57%67%67%61%63%77%64%72%58%65%75%57%61%70%56%73%66%66%63%
Should Not29%36%23%24%35%35%25%28%31%29%18%33%24%35%31%16%38%31%27%36%22%33%26%30%
Not Sure6%7%5%8%0%8%7%5%8%8%5%4%4%7%4%9%5%9%3%8%5%1%8%7%
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%51%49%34%24%23%19%58%42%50%5%39%6%33%43%22%25%42%21%45%53%21%45%34%
 
 
11Do you think Penn State will? Or will not be able to restore its reputation?
381 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Will Restore52%55%49%49%50%61%50%50%56%56%36%50%51%56%47%62%65%53%45%58%50%38%60%54%
Will Not28%24%32%28%34%22%28%30%25%27%49%27%19%22%35%19%26%24%37%15%38%45%19%29%
Not Sure20%20%19%23%16%17%22%20%19%17%16%22%29%22%18%20%10%23%17%26%12%17%21%17%
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%51%49%34%24%23%19%58%42%50%5%39%6%33%43%22%25%42%21%45%53%21%45%34%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.