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GUN CONTROL

  • 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 voter 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.

  • Will Concealed Carry Gun Owners Reduce the Number of Shooting Incidents?

    Some have suggested the presence of more Americans with concealed carry gun permits will reduce the number of people killed in violent incidents in this country. Americans tend to think that’s true but aren’t strongly sold on the idea. (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 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.

  • Were the Planned Parenthood Shootings A Terrorist Act?

    Some politicians have charged that last week’s shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado were politically motivated. Were the killings a domestic terrorist act? Americans say no.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of American Adults believe the shooting incident at the Planned Parenthood clinic was the action of a mentally ill individual. Just 23% regard it as a political protest. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 2-3, 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.

  • Guns or Terrorism – What’s the Call?

    Domestic Islamic terrorism or another random mass shooting? Authorities still aren’t sure or at least aren’t saying as the investigation in San Bernardino, California continues.

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