Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20161
 
Some Movement Toward Gun Control In San Diego After Newtown Slaughter: By a 25-point margin, San Diego area adults say semi-automatic assault weapons should be nationally banned, according to this latest exclusive KGTV 10 News poll conducted by SurveyUSA. 59% today say the weapons should be banned; 34% oppose a ban. An identical SurveyUSA poll released 07/23/12, immediately following the 07/20/12 Aurora Colorado shootings, showed a significantly smaller 8-point margin of support for a ban on semi-automatic weapons. Today, Republicans support a semi-automatic weapon ban 60% to 34%; on 07/23/12, Republicans were equally divided.

52% of San Diego adults today say it is more important to control gun ownership than it is to protect the right of Americans to own guns, up from 49% in July. 42% say it is more important to protect the right to own guns, down from 44% in July.

Click on the "Triangle T" below, every place you see it, to open the interactive tracking graphs that show the difference between 07/23/12 and today 12/17/12.

 
What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Right To Own42%50%34%48%41%35%38%45%36%37%54%46%54%56%29%42%58%31%34%56%34%20%50%37%
Control Ownership52%46%57%44%53%58%59%48%58%55%46%50%40%37%67%51%35%67%58%39%60%62%42%62%
Not Sure6%4%9%8%6%7%4%7%6%8%0%4%6%7%3%7%7%2%8%5%6%18%8%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%24%22%18%60%40%60%5%23%12%34%35%28%32%37%20%29%68%11%40%48%
 
 
What 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+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Passing Stricter Laws44%39%48%43%42%48%42%43%45%49%23%40%33%38%52%38%34%51%54%37%48%53%30%52%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing47%51%43%48%40%45%54%45%49%42%63%52%55%58%38%45%60%42%30%57%41%40%58%40%
Not Sure10%10%9%8%18%7%4%12%6%9%14%8%11%5%9%17%6%7%16%6%11%7%13%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%24%22%18%60%40%60%5%23%12%34%35%28%32%37%20%29%68%11%40%48%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support59%55%63%56%56%67%59%56%64%67%41%52%45%60%66%53%55%60%71%48%68%56%61%63%
Oppose34%41%27%39%32%28%35%36%31%30%42%36%49%34%27%40%35%36%26%50%23%27%35%30%
Not Sure7%4%9%5%12%5%6%8%5%4%17%12%6%7%6%8%10%4%2%2%9%16%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%24%22%18%60%40%60%5%23%12%34%35%28%32%37%20%29%68%11%40%48%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support62%62%63%58%59%65%72%59%68%72%71%51%34%59%67%60%54%65%79%56%67%67%58%67%
Oppose29%33%24%37%27%24%21%33%22%22%8%43%46%33%24%31%36%24%19%41%22%20%36%23%
Not Sure9%5%13%5%14%11%7%8%9%6%21%7%21%8%9%9%9%11%2%4%11%13%6%10%
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%24%22%18%60%40%60%5%23%12%34%35%28%32%37%20%29%68%11%40%48%
 
 
Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support65%57%73%71%57%63%69%65%66%68%76%65%52%51%76%71%49%74%72%60%71%69%59%72%
Oppose28%37%18%27%27%31%27%27%29%25%23%30%39%40%23%19%43%21%21%38%20%15%35%23%
Not Sure7%5%8%2%16%6%4%8%5%7%1%5%9%10%2%10%8%4%7%2%9%16%6%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%24%22%18%60%40%60%5%23%12%34%35%28%32%37%20%29%68%11%40%48%