Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans who don't have a gun in their household think the United States needs stricter gun control laws. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of those in households with a gun disagree.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans in gun-owning households favor "stand your ground" laws which say that those who feel unlawfully threatened can defend themselves with deadly force if necessary. A plurality (44%) of Americans in households without a gun opposes them.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of adults in gun-owning households think “stand your ground” laws improve public safety. By a 43% to 26% margin, adults in households without a gun believe such laws undermine public safety.
Interestingly, too, Americans in a gun-owning household (46%) believe more strongly than those who don't live in such households (38%) that the United States has the best system of justice in the world.
Most Americans who live in non-gun households (56%) believe Americans have a constitutional right to own a gun, but they don't believe it nearly as strongly as their fellow citizens who live in households with a gun (87%).
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans now say they or someone in their household own a gun. Forty-seven percent (47%) of men own a gun, compared to 32% of women. Just 26% of Democrats own a gun, compared to 49% of Republicans and 44% of Americans not affiliated with either major party.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Gun Owners, Non-Owners - Two Americas?
When it comes to gun-related issues not surprisingly, our surveys have found that there's often a world of difference between those with a gun in their household and those who don't have a gun around. So what do these two Americas think about these hot-button issues?