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Direction From the American Public on Gun Policy

While a majority of Americans support the concept of stricter gun control, there is wide variation on backing for specific policies.

Americans Widely Support Tighter Regulations on Gun Sales

The vast majority of Americans, including many gun owners, favor background checks for all gun purchases, 30-day waiting periods and gun registration.

Gun Control Remains an Important Factor for U.S. Voters

Most U.S. registered voters say gun control plays an important role in how they vote, but just 24% say a candidate must share their views on the issue.

More Now Favor New Gun Laws Over Stricter Enforcement

For the first time, a slight majority of Americans want the government to pass new gun laws rather than just enforce the current laws more strictly.

Crime Victims More Likely to Own Guns

Americans who have recently been the victim of a crime report higher rates of gun ownership than nonvictims.

Four in 10 Americans Fear Being a Victim of a Mass Shooting

Americans' worry about being the victim of a mass shooting is similar to the level found after the 2015 San Bernardino shooting. Democrats believe new gun laws would reduce shootings; Republicans disagree.

Support for Stricter Gun Laws Edges Up in U.S.

After the Las Vegas mass shooting, support for stricter gun sale laws is at its highest point since 2004. However, there's no consensus on assault weapons.

U.S. Public Opinion on Four Key State Ballot Measures

Find out where Americans stand on four key issues that were on the ballot in several states: marijuana legalization, the death penalty, gun control and increasing the minimum wage.

Americans' Dissatisfaction With U.S. Gun Laws at New High

Americans' dissatisfaction with the nation's gun laws climbed to 62% in 2016, a record high in Gallup's trend. Dissatisfaction with policies to reduce or control crime is also at a new high.

In U.S., Support for Assault Weapons Ban at Record Low

Americans' support for a ban on assault rifles is the lowest in Gallup's 20-year trend, at 36%.
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