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GUN CONTROL

  • Voters Still Highly Skeptical of Politicians Who Raise Gun Issues

    The mass shooting in Las Vegas has renewed talks of gun-control legislation in Congress, but most voters continue to question the motives of politicians who raise gun-related issues.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters believe most politicians raise gun-related issues to address real problems. Seventy-four percent (74%) think politicians publicize their views on these issues to get elected, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 2017 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.

  • Voters Want More Gun Control, Less Sure It Will Work

    Voters see a need for tougher gun regulation following the Las Vegas massacre but remain closely divided over whether it would prevent future mass killings. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 4-5, 2017 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 Like the NRA But Aren't Moved by Its Endorsement

    Most voters share a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association and say their Second Amendment constitutional right to own a gun is important to their vote in the coming elections. But even among voters who rate the second Amendment highly, the NRA's endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn't critical to how they will vote.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters now view the NRA favorably, unchanged from five years ago. Favorables for the pro-gun rights organization fell slightly to 49% in early 2013 just weeks after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Forty percent (40%) view the NRA unfavorably. The latest findings include 32% with a Very Favorable opinion and 25% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters each were conducted on August 11 and 14, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error for each survey 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.

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  • Most GOPers Don’t Favor Suspending ‘Open Carry’ at Convention

    Republicans favor laws that allow Americans to wear guns in public but are more closely divided over whether Ohio should temporarily suspend its “open carry” law to prevent any incidents at the GOP national convention in Cleveland.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults who identify as Republicans favor “open carry” laws. Just 29% are opposed, while 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 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.

  • 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.