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GUN CONTROL

  • Parkland, Florida: One Month Later

    Students across the country are planning  to participate in the National School Walkout for 17 minutes today to protest gun violence and honor the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one month ago today.

    In the aftermath of the school shooting, 54% of Americans now think the children in most schools in America are at least somewhat safe, though that’s down 20 points from last April.

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  • 49% View NRA Favorably

    In the aftermath of the most recent school shooting in Florida, fewer voters have a positive view of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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    The surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters each were conducted on February 27-28, 2018 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.

  • Most Adults With School-Aged Kids Support Arming Teachers

    A proposal has been made to give bonuses to teachers who are specially trained to have guns in schools. Americans in general are torn about whether that’s a good idea, but a majority of adults with school-aged children like it.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 43% of American Adults favor a proposal to have trained teachers with guns in schools, while 48% oppose such a proposal. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 2018 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 Blame Government More Than Guns for Florida Massacre

    Most Americans think government error is more responsible than a lack of gun control for the Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida high school.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting. Thirty-three percent (33%) attribute the deaths more to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent (11%) opt for something else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 25-26, 2018 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 Say They Feel Safer

    Amid renewed calls for stricter gun control following the Florida school shooting, most Americans who have guns at home say it makes them feel safer.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say they or someone in their household owns a gun. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not have a gun in their home. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 19-20, 2018 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 Aren’t Convinced Stricter Gun Control Laws Will Decrease Violent Crime

    In the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, officials and activists are calling for tighter gun control laws. But Americans aren’t convinced stricter gun laws will reduce crime and don’t trust the government to enforce those laws.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 15% of American Adults say stricter gun control laws increase violent crime, while 39% think stricter laws would decrease violent crime. Another 39% believe beefing up the country’s gun control laws would have no impact on violent crime. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 19-20, 2018 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 Now More Supportive of Further Gun Control, Feel Schools Less Safe

    Following last week's school shooting in Florida, Americans rate more gun control on the same level with treatment of the mentally ill as the best way to stop incidents of this kind. They also are a lot more concerned about how safe schools are.

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 15 & 18, 2018 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 Stricter Enforcement of Gun Laws

    Following a mass shooting at a church in Texas that killed 26, voters think the country needs to do a better job enforcing gun laws already on the books, but they don’t think limiting gun ownership to government officials  is the answer.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters now think the United States needs stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws following the Texas shooting. That’s up from 61% in 2015, but down from 68% the year before  and 73% in late 2013.  Twenty-seven percent (27%), however, do not think the country needs to more strictly enforce existing gun laws. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 7-8, 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 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.