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GUN CONTROL

  • Support for More Gun Control Jumps to New High

    Support for additional gun control has risen to its highest level ever, but voters are evenly divided over whether more gun buying restrictions will help prevent future shootings like the one in Orlando. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 20-21, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Party Affiliation Dictates Responses to Orlando

    Two competing narratives have emerged in the wake of the terrorist shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida: President Obama and most Democratic leaders say it highlights the need for increased gun control, while most prominent Republicans say it represents the growing threat of domestic Islamic terrorism. Voters are divided along similar partisan lines when it comes to how best to prevent such attacks in the future.

    When given a choice, 36% of Likely U.S. Voters believe increased monitoring of individual Muslims with possible ties to terrorism will do the most to reduce the number of mass murders like the one in Orlando, but nearly as many (34%) think stricter gun control laws would be more effective. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 16% think better action to treat mental health issues would do the most in reducing massacres like Orlando, while 12% prefer something else not listed in the question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 16 and 19, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Americans Saw the Orlando Terror Attack Coming

    Radical Islamic terrorism raised its ugly head again this weekend, but most Americans saw the horror in Orlando coming nearly three months ago.

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  • Why Are Americans Buying So Many Guns?

    Law-abiding Americans are buying guns at a record pace, and most tell us it’s for self-defense. Democrats, however, are far more likely than others to believe it is too easy to buy a gun these days. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Only 28% Trust Feds to Fairly Enforce Gun Control

    Supporters of additional gun control generally consider the National Rifle Association their biggest problem, but distrust of the federal government remains a big hurdle for them to clear.

    Just 28% of American Adults trust the federal government to fairly enforce gun control laws. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% don't trust the government when it comes to administering these laws. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 10-11, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Just 15% Think It's More Dangerous Here Than In Other Countries

    Despite the threats of terrorism and mass shootings, few U.S. voters believe that life in the United States is more dangerous than elsewhere in the world. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 6-7, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Voters Oppose Obama Acting Alone on Gun Control

    Voters don’t approve of President Obama’s decision to go it alone with several gun control initiatives and don’t believe his actions will reduce the number of mass killings the country has experienced recently.

    Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on when it comes to gun control. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% believe Obama should take action alone if Congress does not approve the initiatives he has proposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 6-7, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Gun Owners Feel Safer

    Does having a gun make Americans safer? Gun owners say yes.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Americans with a gun in their household feel safer because someone in that household owns a gun. Just two percent (2%) say having a gun in the house makes them feel less safe, while 32% say it has no impact on their personal safety. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 378 Americans With Guns in the Household was conducted on December 6-7, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters See Terrorism, Not Guns, As Main Issue In San Bernardino Attack

    President Obama on Sunday, in an address to the nation about the recent shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California, described the incident as terrorism but also said it highlighted the need for more gun control.  Voters place far more importance on the terrorism aspect in this case, but they are slightly more supportive of a federal database listing all gun owners in the country.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 69% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the shooting incident in California last week is primarily a terrorism issue. Just 20% think the massacre is primarily a gun issue, while seven percent (7%) think it’s about something else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6-7, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Does The NRA Make America Safer?

    Most believe the gun policies of the National Rifle Association make this country safer, perhaps in part because Americans tend to think more gun control will only hurt law-abiding citizens. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on November 30-December 1, 2015 by the New York Daily News and Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.