Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20209
 
1Are you following news stories about President Obama's plans to change some of the nation's gun laws?
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Yes83%87%78%77%82%90%87%85%78%81%83%79%87%93%79%91%82%84%80%85%92%73%82%90%81%77%93%
No13%9%17%17%14%5%10%7%15%19%16%14%7%6%17%7%14%11%14%13%6%16%12%10%9%19%7%
Not Sure5%4%5%6%3%5%3%9%7%0%1%7%6%2%4%2%4%5%6%2%3%11%6%0%9%4%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%100%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%34%40%26%42%8%36%14%30%48%20%27%46%17%41%59%58%19%23%20%38%42%30%35%35%
 
 
2Next 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 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Should Pass60%57%63%52%61%68%51%67%64%71%49%74%43%47%63%70%54%65%72%73%25%63%65%57%72%56%57%
Should NOT Pass35%40%31%44%33%28%46%27%29%26%48%22%50%50%32%25%42%30%22%25%71%28%30%41%22%40%37%
Not Sure5%3%6%4%6%4%3%6%7%3%3%4%7%3%5%5%4%5%6%2%4%9%6%2%6%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%34%40%26%42%8%36%14%30%48%20%27%46%17%41%59%58%19%23%20%38%42%30%35%35%
 
 
3Another proposal would require background checks on all gun buyers, including private sales between individuals.
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Should Pass77%70%84%73%80%79%74%74%81%78%75%81%69%73%76%81%78%77%81%85%65%73%81%77%84%70%82%
Should NOT Pass21%27%15%26%19%17%24%24%16%22%23%16%30%26%22%17%20%21%17%15%33%23%18%21%14%27%18%
Not Sure2%3%1%1%1%4%2%2%3%0%1%3%2%1%2%2%2%2%2%0%2%4%1%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%34%40%26%42%8%36%14%30%48%20%27%46%17%41%59%58%19%23%20%38%42%30%35%35%
 
 
4Another proposal would limit how much ammunition a given gun can hold.
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Should Pass62%54%69%54%64%68%58%60%66%62%50%72%49%47%63%76%61%64%68%74%42%56%70%60%72%57%64%
Should NOT Pass34%43%25%40%33%26%38%29%27%38%45%22%48%48%33%17%36%31%26%23%58%36%27%36%23%40%31%
Not Sure5%4%6%6%3%5%4%11%6%0%5%6%3%5%4%7%4%5%6%3%1%8%3%3%5%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%34%40%26%42%8%36%14%30%48%20%27%46%17%41%59%58%19%23%20%38%42%30%35%35%