Trend: Do You Have a Gun in Your Home?

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

Trend: In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?

Trend: Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the nation's laws or policies on guns?

Trend: Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the nation's laws or policies on guns? (Asked of those dissatisfied) Would you like to see gun laws in this country made more strict, less strict, or remain as they are?

Trend: Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?

Trend: Do you have a gun in your home?

Do you have a gun in your home? (Asked of those who do not have a gun in their home) Do you have a gun anywhere else on your property such as in your garage, barn, shed or in your car or truck?

(Asked of those who have a gun in their home or on their property) Do you personally own a gun, or do the gun or guns in your household belong to another household member?

Trend: Thinking about mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in recent years, from what you know or have read, how much do you think each of the following factors is to blame for the shootings -- a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or not at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

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?

What are some of the reasons you did not want the Senate to pass expanded background checks for gun purchases? [OPEN-ENDED]

Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

If you had to choose, which approach to preventing future school shootings should the president and Congress focus on -- [ROTATED: making major changes to the laws on the sale of guns and ammunition, (or) making major changes to school security measures and the mental health system]?

Next, as you may know, yesterday President Obama proposed a set of new laws designed to reduce gun violence in the United States. From what you know or have read about this, would you want your representative in Congress to vote for or against these proposed new laws?

Trend: In terms of gun laws in the United States, which of the following would you prefer to see happen -- [ROTATE: enforce the current gun laws more strictly and NOT pass new gun laws (or) pass new gun laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly]?

Trend: Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?

Please say whether you favor or oppose each of the following. [RANDOM ORDER]

Trend: What is your overall opinion of the National Rifle Association, also known as the NRA -- is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?

Trend: How often does the NRA reflect your views about guns -- always, most of the time, only sometimes, or never?

Next, I'm going to read a list of actions Congress could take this year. Please say whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose Congress doing each of the following this year. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Pass stronger gun control laws

Strongly
favor

Favor

Oppose

Strongly
oppose

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

26

23

23

27

2

Just your opinion, what do you think are the one or two most important things that could be done to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States? [OPEN-ENDED]

2011 Jan 14-16

%

Stricter gun control laws

24

Better mental health screening/Better mental health support

15

More education/Teach children about violence/proper use of guns

9

More extensive background checks for those buying guns

8

Need stricter security measures for public gatherings

6

Ban handguns/bullets

5

Americans need to be aware/speak up about possible dangers

4

Better parenting/Hold parents accountable

4

Allow people to carry guns for their own protection

4

Bring God/morality back into people's lives

4

Tougher criminal justice/sentencing

3

Better enforcement of existing gun laws

3

Less media coverage of shootings/Don't sensationalize

2

Restrict sale of automatic handguns

2

Better cooperation/communication between political parties

1

Improve the economy/More jobs

1

Crack down on illegal immigration

1

Other

4

Nothing (vol.)

11

No opinion

12

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses

Just your best guess, do you think Barack Obama will attempt to ban the sale of guns in the United States while he is president, or not?

Yes, will

No, will not

No opinion

2009 Oct 1-4

41%

52

7

Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, or do you believe it only guarantees members of state militias such as National Guard units the right to own guns?

Guarantees
Americans
right to
own guns

Only
guarantees
members of
state militias

No
opinion

%

%

%

2008 Feb 8-10

73

20

7

Gun owners ^

91

6

3

Gun non-owners ^

63

28

9

^ Based on 373 gun owners; ±6 pct. pts.; Based on 630 gun non-owners; ±4 pct. pts.

Have you, personally, ever fired a gun, or not?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 Oct 4-7

69%

31

*

* Less than 0.5%

Do you personally own a handgun, rifle, shotgun or any other kind of firearm?

Yes

No

No opinion

%

%

%

2007 May 10-13

30

69

1

2007 May 4-6

32

65

2

2004 Nov 19-21

31

66

3

2004 Oct 29-31 ^

32

66

2

2000 May 5-7

33

64

2

^ Asked of a half sample

Do you think having a gun in the house makes it -- [ROTATED: a safer place to be (or) a more dangerous place to be]?

Safer

More
dangerous

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2006 Oct 9-12

47%

43

7

3

2004 Oct 11-14

42%

46

10

2

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

35%

51

11

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Next, please tell me whether you own a gun for each of the following reasons. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

[BASED ON ADULTS WHO PERSONALLY OWN A GUN]

A. For hunting

Yes

No

No opinion

2005 Oct 13-16

58%

41

1

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

59%

41

--

B. For target shooting

Yes

No

No opinion

2005 Oct 13-16

66%

34

--

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

67%

33

--

C. For protection against crime

Yes

No

No opinion

2005 Oct 13-16

67%

33

--

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

65%

35

--

Do you think courtrooms would be safer places or more dangerous places if judges were armed with guns?

Safer

More
dangerous

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Apr 4-7

43%

50

2

5

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think schools would be safer places or more dangerous places if school officials were armed with guns?

Safer

More
dangerous

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Apr 4-7

22%

73

2

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think airplanes would be safer places or more dangerous places if pilots were armed with guns?

Safer

More
dangerous

Depends
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Apr 4-7

62%

33

2

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Which of the following do you think should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm in a public place, such as a restaurant or movie theater -- only government safety officials, such as police officers, only government officials or private citizens who have a clear need for a weapon, such as those who transport large amounts of cash, or any private citizen, except those who would be a potential threat to public safety, such as convicted criminals?

Only
safety
officials

Only
those
who have
clear need

Any
private
citizen

Any one
(vol.)

No one
(vol.)

No
opinion

2004 Nov 19-21

44%

26

27

*

2

1

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

If you were in a public place such as a restaurant or movie theater, would you feel more safe -- or less safe -- if you knew concealed firearms were allowed?

More
safe

Less
safe

No
difference
(vol.)

No
opinion

2004 Nov 19-21

25%

65

8

2

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you personally own a handgun, rifle, shotgun, or any other kind of firearm?

Yes

No

No opinion

2004 Nov 19-21

31

66

3

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