Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19403
 
Los Angeles Supports Laws to Limit Ammo Sales and Clip Capacity, Wants Stricter Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws:

Los Angeles area adults are of mixed minds on the issue of gun control, following last week's shooting in Aurora CO. By 2:1, Los Angeles adults favor new laws that would limit the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at one time and limit the number of bullets that can be loaded into a magazine at any one time. By 5:4, LA supports a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons. But asked if gun violence would be more reduced by the passing of new laws or by better enforcement of existing laws, LA by 5:4 favors the stricter enforcement of existing laws. Asked whether it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns or to control gun ownership, 54% say it is more important to control gun ownership; 39% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns.

The survey, conducted for KABC-TV by SurveyUSA, also finds LA area residents in agreement with the decision by Penn State University to remove a statue of football coach Joe Paterno from the Penn State Campus. But, residents are divided on sanctions imposed by the NCAA: 47% say the NCAA penalties are "just right," but 25% say the sanctions are too lenient, and 24% say the sanctions are too harsh.

 
What do you think is more important -- to protect the right of Americans to own guns, or to control gun ownership?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Right To Own39%47%31%34%48%37%34%41%36%45%19%37%37%68%24%36%67%28%30%62%27%37%40%39%
Control Ownership54%47%61%56%47%56%61%52%58%50%64%56%54%27%68%58%30%64%63%34%64%56%53%54%
Not Sure7%7%7%10%5%7%6%7%6%5%17%7%9%5%8%6%3%8%8%3%9%7%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
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?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Passing Stricter Laws41%39%44%42%39%44%42%40%43%38%30%50%36%29%54%38%27%45%53%28%49%39%40%44%
Stricter Enforcement Of Existing51%52%50%53%52%46%52%53%49%56%53%43%57%65%39%52%64%49%38%63%46%48%53%50%
Not Sure7%9%6%6%9%9%5%7%8%6%17%7%7%6%7%10%9%6%9%9%6%13%7%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%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
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?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support53%47%58%50%55%53%54%52%53%54%43%50%62%46%58%53%41%60%59%43%59%47%50%59%
Oppose38%44%32%37%37%42%36%37%39%38%43%39%31%49%30%38%53%32%31%51%31%43%38%35%
Not Sure9%9%10%13%8%5%10%10%7%8%14%11%7%5%12%9%6%8%10%6%10%10%11%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
Would you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun can hold at once?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support59%57%60%54%58%61%66%56%63%59%60%55%67%51%66%57%48%65%58%51%64%51%58%63%
Oppose32%36%28%33%34%33%27%33%30%34%26%36%22%44%24%34%46%25%34%40%27%35%33%31%
Not Sure9%6%12%13%8%6%8%10%6%7%14%9%11%5%10%9%6%10%8%9%9%13%10%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
Would you support ... or oppose ... a law that limits how much ammunition can be purchased at one time?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Support67%63%71%61%68%69%75%64%71%63%65%74%60%58%77%65%54%78%66%55%74%67%67%67%
Oppose28%33%23%29%31%28%21%30%25%32%28%22%33%39%18%29%42%19%26%41%21%27%27%30%
Not Sure5%4%6%9%2%3%4%6%4%5%7%4%7%2%5%6%5%3%7%4%5%7%6%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
6Based on what you know now, do you think the shootings in Aurora Colorado were ... completely avoidable? Partially avoidable? Or unavoidable?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Completely Avoidable19%10%29%25%16%15%21%21%17%13%20%21%36%17%21%20%20%17%23%11%23%22%18%20%
Partially Avoidable41%41%41%36%40%50%44%38%47%49%37%39%29%35%48%38%30%49%40%44%42%38%43%42%
Unavoidable35%44%27%36%38%31%32%37%32%37%36%35%32%46%25%40%45%30%33%42%30%32%35%35%
Not Sure4%5%3%3%6%4%3%4%3%2%8%6%3%2%6%2%4%3%4%2%5%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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
7After the events in Aurora, are you worried ... a lot? A little? Or not at all ... about going into a movie theater?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
A Lot21%14%28%24%25%12%21%24%16%11%28%35%10%16%27%18%23%18%22%10%26%29%22%16%
A Little35%32%39%36%35%39%30%35%35%32%34%38%40%29%40%30%24%42%34%31%38%37%35%35%
Not At All43%53%33%40%41%48%48%40%48%57%34%27%49%54%32%52%53%39%44%58%36%33%43%48%
Not Sure1%1%0%1%0%1%1%0%1%0%3%1%1%1%1%0%0%1%0%1%0%1%0%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%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
8Are you following news stories about the penalties that the NCAA has given to Penn State University?
900 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Yes56%61%51%50%58%57%61%54%59%59%46%53%55%63%52%55%62%59%48%56%56%41%54%65%
No32%30%35%39%31%31%23%35%28%32%40%32%28%30%35%29%30%28%38%34%32%40%33%27%
Not Sure12%10%14%11%11%12%16%11%14%8%14%14%17%8%13%16%8%13%13%10%12%19%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%33%31%20%16%64%36%42%8%36%14%29%41%26%25%43%23%26%69%20%40%40%
 
 
9Do you think the NCAA penalties imposed on Penn State University are ... too harsh? Too lenient? Or just right?
500 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Too Harsh24%28%20%26%21%27%25%24%26%21%22%25%35%31%17%27%37%18%19%25%25%27%26%21%
Too Lenient25%22%29%24%26%28%25%25%26%25%27%28%20%23%31%19%28%24%22%21%27%29%25%24%
Just About Right47%49%45%45%50%43%50%47%46%50%48%44%45%43%47%53%29%56%53%53%43%43%46%49%
Not Sure3%1%6%5%3%3%1%4%2%4%2%3%0%3%4%0%5%1%6%2%4%0%2%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 Following PSU Stories100%54%46%30%32%21%17%62%38%44%7%35%14%33%39%25%28%45%20%26%69%15%39%46%
 
 
10Do you think Joe Paterno's statue outside of Beaver stadium should? Or should not? Have been removed?
500 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Should69%70%68%67%74%65%68%71%67%65%69%73%72%64%79%62%72%70%68%70%68%64%72%69%
Should Not27%28%26%31%23%31%25%27%28%30%30%24%24%33%19%34%25%26%28%29%28%27%27%27%
Not Sure3%2%5%2%2%4%7%2%5%5%1%3%3%4%2%4%2%3%4%1%5%9%1%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%
Composition of Following PSU Stories100%54%46%30%32%21%17%62%38%44%7%35%14%33%39%25%28%45%20%26%69%15%39%46%
 
 
11Do you think Penn State will? Or will not be able to restore its reputation?
500 Following PSU StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyOwn Gun?Education
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C
Will Restore55%58%52%53%56%61%53%54%57%59%50%47%70%59%50%59%57%59%46%63%52%51%54%58%
Will Not31%29%32%36%29%31%24%32%28%28%26%40%21%24%34%34%25%32%38%26%33%32%31%29%
Not Sure14%12%15%11%15%8%23%13%15%14%24%14%10%17%16%7%18%9%16%12%15%17%14%13%
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 Following PSU Stories100%54%46%30%32%21%17%62%38%44%7%35%14%33%39%25%28%45%20%26%69%15%39%46%