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Majority Want Gun Background Checks

Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:04 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Gallup, "65% of Americans say the U.S. Senate should have passed the measure that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases, while 29% agree with the Senate's failure to pass the measure." Here is Gallup's chart:

(Asked of a half sample) As you may know, last week the U.S. Senate voted on, but did not pass, a measure to expand background checks for gun purchases. Do you think the Senate should or should not have passed the measure to expand background checks for gun purchases? April 2013 results

Majority Support Gun Background Checks

Posted Apr 30, 2013 at 8:38 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Gallup reports that 65% of Americans believe the U.S. Senate should have passed the measure that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases: 29% agree with the Senate's refusal to pass the measure

Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Stricter Gun Laws

Posted Apr 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey byNBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll reports that 70% of Latinos believe that "that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict." Just 5% support strict laws and 22% believe they should remain the same.

Americans Support Background Checks By Wide Margin

Posted Mar 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey by Quinnipiac reports that 88% of American voters back the idea of universal background checks before permitting the purchase of a firearm; just 10% are opposed. 

Republicans See "Violent Video Games" As Bigger Threat Than Guns

Posted Feb 08, 2013 at 9:45 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, 67% of Republican voters believe that "violent video games" represent a bigger threat to public safety than guns.

Who Owns Guns In America?

Posted Feb 06, 2013 at 9:05 AM by Maurice Berger

According to an analysis by Gallup, "Men are three times more likely than women to personally own guns, representing one of the largest demographic differences in gun ownership, according to an analysis of Gallup polls from 2007 to 2012. Gun ownership also varies significantly by region, with Southerners more likely to own guns than those living in other regions of the United States. Marriage is also a strong predictor of gun ownership." Here is Gallup's chart: 

Personal Gun Ownership by Subgroup, 2007-2012

Americans Approve of Obama's Gun Proposals

Posted Jan 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by Gallup, "Americans' immediate reaction to President Barack Obama's proposals for new laws designed to reduce gun violence is more positive than negative, with 53% saying they would want their representative in Congress to vote for the set of proposed new laws, while 41% say their representative should vote against them."

Americans Divided On Gun Control

Posted Jan 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new poll by Gallup: "In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, and as Vice President Joe Biden leads a federal task force that will recommend ways to curb gun violence in the U.S., 38% of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's gun laws and want them strengthened. This is up from 25% who held this set of views a year ago, and is the highest since 2001. Still, more Americans are either satisfied with current gun laws, 43%, or think they should be loosened, 5%." Here is Gallup's chart:

Trend: Americans' Satisfaction With/Views on Gun Laws

Majority Support Major Gun Restrictions

Posted Dec 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by CNN/ORC taken in the days following the tragic Newtown, Connecticut massacre, a narrow majority of Americans--52%--support significant restrictions on owning guns or an outright ban on gun ownership by ordinary citizens. 43% say the shooting makes them more likely to support more gun restrictions. CNN/ORC observes: "All of those numbers are much higher than they were in a CNN poll conducted in January, 2011, indicating that the tragedy in Connecticut may be affecting more Americans more intensely than other recent attacks."

Record Low Support For Stricter Gun Laws

Posted Oct 13, 2009 at 1:39 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup survey, a record low of 44% of Americans say the laws covering firearm sales should be made more strict. That is down 5 points in the last year and 34 points from the high of 78% recorded the first time the question was asked, in 1990. Here is Gallup's chart:

Do You Feel That Laws Covering the Sale of Firearms Should Be Made More Strict, Less Strict, or Kept as They Are Now?