Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20197
 
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+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Right To Own54%57%50%47%62%55%51%54%54%74%36%58%79%48%27%72%26%53%58%51%49%63%
Control Ownership38%38%38%34%36%41%42%35%42%20%52%37%16%49%65%27%55%23%37%47%40%34%
Not Sure8%5%11%19%2%4%6%11%5%7%13%5%5%3%8%1%19%24%5%2%11%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
2Does widespread gun ownership protect law abiding citizens from crime? Or make society more dangerous?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Protects Citizens62%64%59%62%66%59%60%64%59%82%40%72%88%50%42%73%39%64%63%55%57%71%
Makes Society Dangerous30%27%33%25%29%37%29%27%34%12%51%20%9%39%44%18%52%26%28%38%34%22%
Not Sure8%8%8%13%5%4%10%10%6%6%9%7%3%11%14%8%9%9%9%7%9%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
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+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Passing Stricter Laws30%33%27%13%31%42%37%21%40%19%43%22%17%40%48%23%45%23%27%41%34%22%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing59%59%59%64%68%47%57%66%51%74%37%73%79%53%39%70%38%54%63%55%53%71%
Not Sure11%8%14%23%1%11%6%13%9%7%20%4%5%7%13%7%17%23%10%5%13%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
4Are federal laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Too Strict9%12%7%9%9%12%7%9%10%18%2%11%21%5%2%12%5%10%14%6%7%13%
Not Strict Enough52%48%55%52%47%55%54%50%54%29%75%45%25%60%73%39%74%55%46%56%58%40%
Just About Right33%34%32%31%38%31%33%34%32%47%18%38%51%31%17%43%18%29%35%33%29%40%
Not Sure6%6%6%8%7%3%6%7%4%6%5%6%3%5%8%6%2%6%6%5%5%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
5Are Oregon laws on gun ownership too strict? Not strict enough? Or just about right?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Too Strict9%11%7%5%9%14%7%7%11%16%3%11%18%5%5%10%6%7%12%7%9%9%
Not Strict Enough45%43%47%43%46%44%48%45%46%27%67%34%21%55%63%33%69%47%44%50%53%31%
Just About Right40%41%39%46%39%37%37%43%37%53%25%48%57%35%24%51%19%43%37%35%33%54%
Not Sure6%5%7%5%6%6%7%5%7%4%5%7%4%4%8%6%6%3%7%7%6%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
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+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support39%39%39%27%36%46%51%31%48%26%52%37%21%51%65%33%55%35%37%48%40%37%
Oppose51%54%48%61%56%46%36%59%42%63%42%49%67%43%32%60%38%54%57%45%53%48%
Not Sure10%6%13%12%7%8%13%10%10%11%6%14%12%7%4%7%8%11%6%7%7%15%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
7Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support62%64%61%57%55%72%68%56%70%46%72%67%52%75%71%58%71%51%59%73%60%67%
Oppose31%35%27%31%40%27%24%35%26%50%17%30%44%23%27%40%16%32%37%24%32%28%
Not Sure7%1%12%13%5%2%8%9%4%4%11%4%4%2%2%2%12%17%4%3%8%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
8Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Support49%42%56%42%46%53%56%44%55%32%69%38%26%57%54%37%67%49%40%55%51%45%
Oppose44%50%38%52%44%41%36%49%39%65%23%53%71%34%37%54%29%43%51%39%43%46%
Not Sure7%8%6%6%10%6%7%8%6%3%8%9%4%9%9%9%4%8%9%6%6%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%
 
 
9Should criminal background checks be required for every person who wants to purchase a firearm? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Party AffiliationIdeologyOwn a Gun?EducationRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year CPortlandRest of
Should90%86%93%85%91%90%94%88%92%81%95%91%86%87%99%88%93%87%89%95%90%88%
Should Not7%8%5%8%7%7%3%8%5%14%2%6%9%9%1%9%2%3%11%3%8%4%
Not Sure4%6%2%7%2%3%2%5%3%5%3%3%5%4%0%3%5%10%1%2%2%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%24%29%18%54%46%31%39%28%34%39%16%51%41%26%33%41%65%35%