Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20155
 
1In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
More Strict74%64%83%65%82%72%76%73%74%72%77%77%73%75%85%47%64%82%72%
Less Strict6%7%4%4%8%6%5%6%5%6%8%2%7%12%4%7%13%5%3%
Kept As They Are19%28%10%31%9%17%19%21%17%21%15%21%14%13%9%45%23%13%21%
No Opinion2%0%3%0%0%6%0%0%3%1%0%1%5%0%2%1%0%1%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%
 
 
2Now we'd like to ask you your opinion of four measures that have been proposed to cover the sale of firearms. For each one, please tell me if you support it strongly, you support it but not strongly, you don't have an opinion either way, you oppose it but not strongly, or you oppose it strongly. Here's the first measure: Make it illegal to sell or own a semi-automatic gun known as an assault rifle, such as the AK47.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Strongly Support68%71%65%65%70%65%74%67%69%75%65%61%58%67%74%54%60%69%72%
Support9%11%7%14%5%10%7%9%9%8%14%17%3%12%5%15%8%10%11%
No Opinion4%3%6%0%6%6%6%3%6%2%1%5%12%7%2%8%4%4%5%
Oppose6%3%8%3%6%8%6%5%7%5%2%10%6%3%8%3%7%7%6%
Strongly Oppose13%12%14%18%13%11%8%16%10%11%18%6%20%10%11%20%21%11%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%
 
 
3Require that all guns, like cars, be registered with the state.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Strongly Support80%72%88%80%85%77%78%83%77%82%87%80%74%74%83%75%60%76%94%
Support7%11%4%11%3%9%4%7%7%5%0%7%14%4%10%3%8%13%0%
No Opinion3%5%1%0%2%5%5%1%5%2%3%5%2%4%1%6%5%3%3%
Oppose4%3%4%3%4%4%3%4%4%4%0%6%2%3%4%3%5%4%3%
Strongly Oppose6%10%3%5%6%5%10%6%7%7%10%2%7%13%2%12%22%5%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%
 
 
4Require that all gun buyers pass a criminal background check, whether they buy guns online, at a gun shop, or at a gun show.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Strongly Support86%82%90%76%89%93%86%82%90%86%76%87%88%82%93%71%78%87%91%
Support8%11%6%20%3%3%6%12%4%9%15%2%8%8%1%25%12%7%6%
No Opinion1%1%1%0%2%0%4%1%2%2%0%2%0%2%0%2%2%2%0%
Oppose3%3%3%3%3%3%3%3%3%2%2%6%3%3%4%2%4%4%2%
Strongly Oppose1%3%0%0%4%1%1%2%1%0%7%3%1%4%2%0%4%0%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%
 
 
5Not allow a person to buy more than one gun a month.
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Strongly Support76%72%81%78%77%78%71%78%75%76%93%77%71%75%89%48%60%82%79%
Support5%5%6%3%9%2%9%6%5%4%0%6%9%9%2%10%4%8%4%
No Opinion5%5%6%6%1%6%10%4%8%3%2%7%10%5%3%12%4%4%2%
Oppose6%8%3%11%3%7%2%7%5%9%1%4%1%2%3%16%16%2%9%
Strongly Oppose7%10%4%2%11%7%9%6%8%7%5%5%9%10%3%14%16%5%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%
 
 
6In general, do you feel that more laws are needed to deal with the sale of firearms, fewer laws are needed, or is there the right number of laws now - or don't you have an opinion one way or the other?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
More Laws Are Needed69%59%78%61%73%72%70%67%71%71%81%75%56%67%85%42%60%74%75%
Fewer Laws Are Needed5%8%2%0%8%7%8%4%7%6%1%5%7%8%3%9%15%4%4%
Right Number Of Laws17%23%11%25%9%15%16%18%16%16%16%19%18%19%9%34%23%12%14%
No Opinion9%10%8%13%10%5%7%12%6%8%2%1%20%6%3%16%3%9%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%25%28%19%53%47%53%7%17%22%14%55%27%17%45%29%