Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20208
 
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: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Yes80%80%80%72%83%87%87%64%74%67%83%87%71%83%82%74%71%85%80%72%87%59%74%91%74%85%85%
No16%14%18%22%15%9%11%20%24%25%15%10%23%13%16%17%25%11%16%26%9%26%24%6%19%11%13%
Not Sure4%6%2%6%2%4%2%16%2%9%2%3%6%3%2%9%3%4%4%2%4%15%2%3%8%4%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%39%25%60%5%23%12%36%26%36%35%41%18%36%64%61%18%21%12%42%46%27%31%43%
 
 
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: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Should Pass50%44%57%45%50%59%48%60%56%47%45%72%43%38%58%55%44%55%59%46%37%37%57%51%51%58%53%
Should NOT Pass45%52%37%48%45%39%49%35%41%35%54%25%48%59%39%37%52%41%35%50%63%55%37%47%42%40%46%
Not Sure5%4%6%7%4%2%2%5%4%18%1%4%9%3%3%8%4%4%6%3%0%7%6%2%8%1%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%39%25%60%5%23%12%36%26%36%35%41%18%36%64%61%18%21%12%42%46%27%31%43%
 
 
3Another proposal would require background checks on all gun buyers, including private sales between individuals.
500 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyParentGuns in HouseEducationIncome
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoNo GunsOne GunMore ThaHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80K
Should Pass75%69%80%81%71%70%76%87%75%64%69%91%66%65%76%84%73%75%78%79%64%63%81%73%68%76%78%
Should NOT Pass21%27%15%18%20%27%21%12%18%30%25%8%28%31%18%13%24%19%18%18%29%31%14%23%25%19%18%
Not Sure5%4%5%1%8%4%4%1%7%6%6%1%6%4%5%3%3%6%5%4%7%6%5%5%7%5%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%36%39%25%60%5%23%12%36%26%36%35%41%18%36%64%61%18%21%12%42%46%27%31%43%
 
 
4Another proposal would limit how much ammunition a given gun can hold.
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 Pass56%55%57%53%54%63%53%56%65%55%49%77%50%42%67%55%48%61%63%51%46%47%59%58%57%59%59%
Should NOT Pass39%43%35%43%39%34%43%44%26%40%48%20%43%52%29%42%44%36%30%44%54%45%34%40%39%36%37%
Not Sure5%2%8%4%7%3%4%0%9%4%4%4%7%5%4%3%8%3%7%5%0%8%7%3%5%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%36%39%25%60%5%23%12%36%26%36%35%41%18%36%64%61%18%21%12%42%46%27%31%43%