Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20189
 
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this survey: SurveyUSA interviewed 500 North Carolina adults 01/09/13 through 01/12/13 exclusively for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (69% of adults) were interviewed on their home phone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home phone (31% of adults) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.
 
1What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Right To Own54%61%47%50%62%54%47%56%51%64%24%46%**57%53%79%30%59%80%46%33%70%34%92%49%63%50%61%50%52%66%48%61%
Control Ownership38%32%44%46%25%38%45%36%41%32%60%43%**37%39%18%59%36%16%46%60%26%53%8%43%29%42%30%43%38%31%44%33%
Not Sure8%6%9%3%13%8%8%8%8%4%16%11%**6%8%4%12%6%4%8%7%3%13%0%9%8%8%10%7%10%4%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
2Does widespread gun ownership protect law abiding citizens from crime? Or make society more dangerous?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Protects Citizens58%64%52%55%64%54%60%59%56%67%28%64%**58%58%76%40%59%78%54%33%71%42%85%55%63%55%64%54%56%73%50%64%
Makes Society Dangerous34%29%38%36%28%40%27%33%35%25%59%36%**34%34%18%50%31%17%40%46%21%49%11%37%32%36%32%35%35%19%42%27%
Not Sure9%7%10%8%8%7%13%8%9%8%14%0%**9%8%5%10%9%5%6%21%8%9%4%8%5%9%4%10%9%8%8%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
3What 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?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Passing Stricter Laws32%25%38%39%23%31%38%31%33%28%46%37%**38%30%21%44%31%19%37%48%23%43%19%34%27%34%29%34%32%19%40%28%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing63%69%56%58%68%64%59%63%62%67%49%61%**56%65%76%51%62%74%59%49%72%52%75%61%66%61%66%61%62%73%55%69%
Not Sure5%5%5%3%9%5%4%6%5%6%6%2%**6%5%4%6%6%7%4%3%5%6%6%5%7%5%5%5%6%8%5%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
4Are federal laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Too Strict10%13%7%6%12%13%7%9%11%10%11%1%**8%11%17%6%7%18%3%7%12%7%31%8%22%7%13%8%11%1%10%14%
Not Strict Enough50%42%58%58%42%45%58%51%50%45%68%54%**53%49%38%66%44%31%57%70%39%64%19%54%39%54%47%53%44%50%58%48%
Just About Right33%43%24%32%32%37%29%32%34%38%16%35%**34%32%38%22%41%42%34%20%44%21%46%31%35%32%29%35%36%38%27%36%
Not Sure7%2%11%3%13%5%6%8%5%7%6%11%**4%8%7%6%8%8%6%2%5%8%4%7%5%7%11%5%9%11%5%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
5Are North Carolina laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Too Strict8%11%5%5%13%6%8%9%7%8%8%4%**6%9%12%5%7%12%6%5%9%6%22%7%15%6%9%8%9%6%6%11%
Not Strict Enough46%37%55%53%38%44%49%46%46%40%62%51%**51%44%31%61%43%28%50%71%34%61%18%50%37%50%43%48%41%45%54%39%
Just About Right37%47%28%34%36%43%37%35%41%42%24%32%**33%39%49%26%39%50%35%23%50%23%59%34%44%34%37%37%39%38%32%43%
Not Sure9%5%12%8%13%7%6%10%7%10%6%13%**9%9%8%8%11%10%9%1%8%10%1%10%4%10%11%8%11%11%7%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
6Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically load the next bullet after a shot is fired?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Support42%40%43%42%40%44%43%41%44%40%54%46%**46%40%34%51%40%33%48%44%37%49%24%45%38%45%43%43%41%36%46%39%
Oppose45%50%40%40%46%46%50%43%47%46%33%40%**32%51%52%39%44%58%36%39%53%34%67%41%53%41%47%43%44%48%39%54%
Not Sure13%9%17%19%14%10%8%16%9%14%13%14%**22%9%15%10%16%9%16%17%9%17%9%13%9%14%10%15%14%16%15%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
7Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Support55%52%58%56%48%59%59%52%59%55%61%62%**56%55%44%64%56%40%61%67%45%67%22%60%50%58%50%59%54%44%65%47%
Oppose34%41%29%37%40%32%25%38%30%35%21%38%**31%36%43%25%35%49%30%22%44%23%72%31%43%32%43%31%36%42%25%45%
Not Sure10%8%13%7%13%9%16%9%12%10%17%0%**13%9%13%10%9%11%9%11%11%10%5%10%7%11%8%11%11%14%10%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
8Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Support54%47%60%56%48%58%55%52%57%49%76%49%**53%55%43%71%48%40%59%67%47%65%27%58%52%56%53%56%53%40%65%48%
Oppose37%44%30%31%43%37%38%36%37%41%17%51%**30%40%47%22%42%49%33%24%46%24%65%33%40%35%42%34%37%43%30%45%
Not Sure9%8%9%13%9%5%7%11%6%10%7%0%**17%5%10%7%10%11%8%10%7%11%8%9%8%9%5%10%10%16%5%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
9Are laws on buying guns at gun shows too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Too Strict6%10%2%4%11%3%5%7%4%6%5%4%**4%7%10%4%4%13%2%3%7%4%30%4%15%4%9%4%8%6%1%11%
Not Strict Enough56%48%63%61%47%54%66%54%59%53%68%52%**58%55%47%67%52%40%61%75%45%70%20%60%53%57%49%59%49%51%72%42%
Just About Right29%35%24%26%30%33%26%28%31%33%16%31%**27%30%37%20%31%37%28%19%40%16%47%27%25%30%32%28%33%33%19%38%
Not Sure9%7%10%9%12%9%3%11%7%8%11%13%**11%8%7%8%12%10%9%3%8%10%3%10%7%9%10%8%10%9%8%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
10Should criminal background checks be required for every person who wants to purchase a firearm? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Should93%92%93%97%88%94%91%93%93%95%86%98%**98%90%91%91%96%91%95%90%93%93%88%93%92%94%92%94%93%93%92%94%
Should Not5%6%5%3%10%4%5%6%5%4%10%2%**1%8%8%6%2%6%3%7%5%6%9%5%7%5%6%4%6%7%5%3%
Not Sure2%2%2%0%2%2%4%1%3%1%4%0%**1%2%1%3%1%2%1%3%2%2%3%2%1%2%2%2%1%0%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
11Should the general public be able to buy and wear tactical gear such as the armor worn by SWAT team members Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Should34%45%24%30%44%36%23%37%31%34%34%36%**29%36%44%30%30%42%26%40%38%28%59%31%46%30%36%34%41%30%28%36%
Should Not47%43%51%45%40%52%54%42%53%47%51%28%**49%46%37%54%48%37%56%42%43%53%25%50%26%54%46%48%41%42%56%46%
Not Sure19%12%25%25%16%11%22%21%16%19%15%36%**22%17%19%16%23%21%17%18%19%19%16%18%28%16%18%18%18%28%17%18%
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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
12Thinking for a moment about the people who cause mass shootings: are they so mentally ill that they would do something similar no matter what? Or do you think violence in today's society plays a part in their actions?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Would Do Something Similar46%56%36%56%49%38%34%52%37%50%27%74%**54%42%50%40%48%48%45%47%47%43%72%43%46%45%51%42%50%52%37%49%
Society Plays a Part48%41%55%40%44%56%58%42%56%43%67%26%**40%52%47%54%43%48%48%47%47%51%22%51%49%49%44%51%44%38%57%47%
Not Sure6%3%9%5%7%6%8%6%7%7%6%0%**6%7%4%6%9%5%6%6%6%5%6%6%5%6%6%6%6%10%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
13Is the level of violence in entertainment, including video games, a major cause of mass shootings? A minor cause? Or not a cause of mass shootings?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Major Cause31%24%37%21%22%42%44%21%43%29%37%13%**23%34%38%32%21%38%26%27%33%28%32%30%30%31%31%30%29%25%35%31%
Minor Cause39%38%40%38%42%32%47%40%38%42%32%50%**39%39%37%35%45%35%45%32%42%37%23%41%40%39%39%39%34%42%38%49%
Not a Cause25%34%17%36%29%20%7%33%15%23%22%37%**31%22%18%26%31%20%25%36%20%30%37%24%26%25%25%25%30%26%23%18%
Not Sure5%5%6%5%7%6%3%6%5%6%8%0%**7%5%6%7%3%7%4%5%5%6%8%5%5%5%5%6%7%6%5%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
14If the government were able to require a reduced amount of violence in entertainment, would it reduce the incidence of mass shootings a lot? A little? Or not at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
A Lot20%17%23%8%13%32%34%10%33%19%29%1%**11%24%21%27%11%21%17%17%21%19%20%20%24%19%16%22%21%19%21%19%
A Little39%39%39%39%44%30%47%41%37%37%38%66%**38%40%43%40%37%41%41%34%46%33%45%39%45%38%45%36%37%38%42%41%
Not At All36%41%31%47%38%34%15%43%27%39%29%33%**46%31%32%30%45%34%37%42%30%42%32%37%27%38%31%38%39%37%33%33%
Not Sure5%2%7%5%5%4%4%5%4%5%5%0%**5%4%4%4%7%4%4%7%4%6%3%5%4%5%7%4%3%6%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
15Do you think enough services are being offered to those with mental health problems in North Carolina? Or could the state be doing more?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Enough7%11%4%6%10%5%9%8%6%9%5%0%**10%6%13%3%6%14%5%1%10%4%14%6%11%6%8%7%9%9%6%6%
Could Do More81%76%85%82%74%85%82%78%83%80%85%84%**82%80%71%86%84%70%84%89%75%85%74%81%72%82%78%82%78%77%87%77%
Not Sure12%12%12%12%16%11%9%14%10%11%10%16%**9%14%16%11%10%15%10%9%14%11%12%13%16%12%14%11%13%14%8%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
16Are you willing to pay more in taxes for increased government spending on mental health?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Yes44%45%42%45%40%41%52%42%45%42%56%46%**46%43%29%58%44%31%52%48%44%44%56%43%38%46%43%45%43%43%43%47%
No40%43%38%41%42%45%30%41%39%43%27%42%**44%38%52%26%44%53%35%30%40%40%27%41%42%39%43%38%39%42%43%34%
Not Sure16%12%20%14%19%14%18%16%15%15%17%13%**10%19%19%16%13%16%13%22%16%16%17%16%20%15%14%17%18%14%13%19%
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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
17Are mass shootings at schools avoidable or unavoidable?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Avoidable61%64%58%64%65%59%52%64%56%62%53%62%**65%59%62%57%64%60%63%65%61%61%75%60%61%61%65%59%70%66%53%51%
Unavoidable26%27%25%25%25%26%30%25%27%24%35%26%**21%28%26%31%21%25%25%24%24%28%11%28%24%26%25%26%18%26%30%33%
Not Sure13%9%17%12%11%15%19%11%16%14%12%12%**14%13%13%12%15%15%12%11%15%11%15%12%15%12%10%15%11%8%17%16%
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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
18Which one thing would be most effective in reducing school shootings? Making access to guns more difficult? Better mental health care? Better security in schools? Working to reduce bullying in schools? Restricting violence in the entertainment industry? Or something else?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Access To Guns More Difficult18%17%18%11%19%22%21%15%21%18%18%4%**16%18%13%28%11%11%21%19%14%22%4%19%10%20%15%19%15%15%20%20%
Better Mental Health Care16%20%13%20%17%14%12%19%13%16%11%40%**22%13%10%18%21%15%15%23%17%15%31%15%19%15%15%17%20%12%15%17%
Better Security41%42%41%44%42%39%39%43%39%41%43%45%**42%41%51%32%41%50%39%33%44%38%40%42%48%39%45%40%46%46%39%34%
Reduce Bullying10%8%11%16%5%6%12%11%8%9%13%11%**12%9%7%8%13%5%10%16%7%13%10%10%7%10%5%11%6%12%10%14%
Restricting Violence5%2%7%0%5%7%8%2%8%5%2%0%**2%6%6%5%3%6%5%3%5%4%4%5%3%5%5%5%3%6%6%4%
Other8%9%7%8%10%7%7%9%7%9%7%0%**6%9%11%5%8%12%7%5%11%6%11%7%8%8%12%6%9%9%8%7%
Not Sure2%2%2%1%1%5%1%1%3%2%5%0%**0%3%0%4%1%1%2%1%2%2%0%2%5%2%2%2%2%0%1%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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
19Do you think schools are doing enough to properly identify troubled students who may act violently? Or could schools be doing more?
500 ParentsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Doing Enough11%15%8%11%16%8%9%13%9%11%10%24%**13%11%8%10%16%13%11%14%12%11%26%10%9%12%14%10%16%7%7%13%
Could Be Doing More77%74%80%76%77%80%76%77%79%81%71%64%**77%77%84%76%72%77%77%78%76%79%73%78%84%75%79%77%71%87%81%76%
Not Sure11%11%12%14%6%12%15%10%13%9%19%12%**10%12%8%14%12%10%13%7%12%10%1%12%7%13%8%13%13%6%11%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Parents100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
20Do you think teachers who are licensed to carry a handgun should? or should not? be allowed to carry their gun while in school?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Should41%48%36%48%38%42%34%43%39%46%27%15%**46%40%52%29%44%57%36%31%50%32%66%39%50%39%42%42%42%42%37%48%
Should Not50%48%52%43%56%49%53%49%51%44%71%70%**44%53%36%67%45%33%55%65%42%59%29%52%37%54%50%50%50%48%53%44%
Not Sure9%5%12%9%6%9%12%8%10%10%2%15%**11%8%12%4%11%9%9%3%8%10%5%9%13%8%9%8%8%10%10%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
21Are you willing to pay more in taxes to have armed guards at schools?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Yes50%50%51%63%55%35%44%59%39%47%52%63%**54%49%53%50%49%56%50%42%58%43%75%48%66%47%62%46%51%46%47%59%
No35%39%32%25%32%50%37%28%45%37%30%37%**31%37%35%35%37%32%38%32%30%39%22%37%24%38%25%39%35%36%40%25%
Not Sure14%11%18%12%13%15%19%13%17%15%18%0%**15%14%13%15%15%12%12%27%11%18%2%15%10%16%13%15%14%17%13%16%
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%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
22Is your impression of the National Rifle Association favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or do you have no opinion?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Favorable37%46%29%24%48%45%32%35%40%45%12%25%**31%40%59%23%32%64%26%19%53%18%87%31%48%33%46%32%42%51%24%40%
Unfavorable24%20%27%24%16%26%30%21%27%23%20%29%**28%22%8%35%25%4%33%43%15%34%2%27%9%29%17%28%24%24%23%22%
Neutral26%27%24%30%20%22%31%26%26%24%40%13%**22%27%24%26%27%21%29%22%25%28%10%28%26%27%19%29%21%21%35%20%
No Opinion14%7%20%22%15%7%8%19%7%7%29%33%**19%11%8%16%16%11%12%15%7%20%0%15%17%12%18%11%12%4%17%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
23Does a candidate's position on guns have a major impact on your vote? A minor impact? Or no impact at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?NRA?Permit?Parent Of SchoolRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoCharlottGreensboRaleigh Southern
Major34%33%36%28%33%36%45%31%39%40%25%25%**29%37%52%30%23%45%29%32%39%28%56%31%39%32%39%32%38%39%29%35%
Minor40%46%35%48%43%35%30%46%33%41%37%42%**43%39%31%44%46%32%47%49%43%39%30%42%35%43%38%42%41%39%38%46%
No Impact20%20%20%19%19%25%14%19%21%15%26%32%**20%19%14%21%22%17%21%12%15%24%12%20%23%18%17%20%17%14%26%17%
Not Sure6%1%10%4%5%5%10%5%7%5%12%0%**7%5%2%6%8%6%4%6%3%8%1%6%3%6%6%5%4%8%8%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%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%26%26%17%57%43%68%20%7%4%31%69%31%36%32%33%47%14%49%48%10%88%20%77%33%66%35%14%34%17%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.