Monday, July 23, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen (R) Survey on Gun Control

Rasmussen (R) Poll on Gun Control

Does the United States need stricter gun control laws?
  • Yes 41% (38%)
  • No 51% (54%)
Will stricter gun control laws increase violent crime, decrease violent crime or have no impact on violent crime?
  • Increase 19% (18%)
  • Decrease 34% (32%)
  • No impact 41% (46%)
National survey of 1,000 adults was conducted July 20-21, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted February 27-28, 2012 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
Most Democrats (68%) favor stricter gun laws. Most Republicans (74%) and adults not affiliated with either party (55%) are opposed to them.

A plurality (49%) of women believes the country needs stricter gun control laws. Sixty-two percent (62%) of men disagree.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Americans report owning a gun, and perhaps it’s not surprising that 71% of those gun owners are opposed to stricter gun control laws. A majority (56%) of Americans who don’t own a gun favor tougher gun laws.

Eighty-three (83%) of gun owners think greater restrictions on guns will either increase violent crime in this country or have no impact. A plurality (48%) of non-gun owners says they would reduce such crimes, but just 14% of gun owners agree.
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