October 12, 2017 - U.S. Voter Support For Gun Control At All-Time High, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Trump Helped Texas, Florida, Not Puerto Rico, Voters Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters support stricter gun laws 60 - 36 percent, the highest level of support ever, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. The previous high support was 54 - 42 percent June 28.

Voters also support 73 - 25 percent, including 62 - 34 percent among Republicans and 67 - 29 percent among voters in households where there is a gun, a ban on modifications to make a semi-automatic weapon fire more like an automatic weapon, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Consistent with every Quinnipiac University poll since February 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre, American voters support 94 - 5 percent requiring background checks for all gun purchases. Voters in gun households support universal background checks 93 - 6 percent. Support for other nationwide gun measures is:
  • 79 - 19 percent for a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases;
  • 64 - 32 percent for a ban on the sale of assault weapons;
  • 86 - 12 percent for a ban of the sale of guns to people convicted of a violent crime;
  • 58 - 38 percent for stricter regulations on ammunition sales;
  • 64 - 34 percent for a ban on high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
American voters say 63 - 27 percent that it's possible to make new gun laws without interfering with gun rights. Republicans voters say 51 - 37 percent that it's possible to make gun laws that don't interfere with gun rights and voters in gun households agree 57 - 33 percent.

"The Las Vegas massacre echoes though a survey that shows American voters want stricter gun laws and a ban on high-capacity clips and bump stocks, the device that makes a lethal weapon even more lethal," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

American voters say 57 - 27 percent President Donald Trump and his administration have done enough to help Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Voters also say 57 - 26 percent the president and his administration have done enough to help Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

But voters say 55 - 36 percent that Trump and his administration have not done enough to help Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Hispanic voters say 76 - 17 percent that the Trump Administration has not done enough.

President Trump does not care about the problems facing Puerto Rico after Maria, voters say 52 - 43 percent. Hispanic voters say 72 - 23 percent that Trump does not care. North Korea

American voters say 57 - 40 percent that they do not have confidence in Trump to handle the situation with North Korea.

But voters say 65 - 28 percent they do have confidence in "top national security and diplomatic officials" to handle the situation with North Korea.

The U.S. will be able to resolve the North Korean situation diplomatically, 54 percent of voters say, while 29 percent say it will need to use military force.

The U.S. should negotiate with North Korea, 65 percent of voters say, while 30 percent say negotiations are a waste of time.

Voters oppose 62 - 26 percent a preemptive strike on North Korea.

"Voters don't have confidence in President Donald Trump to handle North Korea, but they're hoping other members of the Trump team will step up," Malloy said.

American voters disapprove 60 - 35 percent of the way the media covers Trump and disapprove 59 - 39 percent of the way Trump talks about the media. Voters trust the media more than Trump 52 - 37 percent to tell the truth about important issues.

From October 5 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,482 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - gun policy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    83%     9%    38%    50%    35%    40%    56%
Disapprove           47     10     82     47     39     54     50     32
DK/NA                11      7      9     15     11     11     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              31%    45%    44%    43%    55%    40%    48%    19%    29%
Disapprove           53     46     47     44     36     47     41     71     57
DK/NA                16      9      9     13     10     12     11      9     14
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Approve              33%    44%    46%    43%    33%    39%    58%    60%
Disapprove           53     44     46     44     56     51     28     29
DK/NA                14     11      8     14     11      9     14     11
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the news media has covered President Trump?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              35%     8%    64%    33%    29%    40%    37%    25%
Disapprove           60     90     29     62     66     54     59     69
DK/NA                 5      2      8      5      5      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              34%    31%    35%    41%    26%    36%    31%    59%    36%
Disapprove           56     64     61     54     70     58     64     32     59
DK/NA                 9      5      4      5      5      5      5      9      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the news media has covered President Trump?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         35      60       5
Aug 23, 2017         40      55       5
Aug 16, 2017         37      58       5
May 25, 2017         39      57       4
May 10, 2017         37      58       5
Mar 07, 2017         41      53       6
Feb 22, 2017         45      50       4
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump talks about the media?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              39%    77%     7%    36%    47%    31%    35%    52%
Disapprove           59     21     91     61     51     67     63     45
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              27%    40%    42%    39%    51%    35%    43%    15%    34%
Disapprove           70     57     58     58     47     62     54     85     64
DK/NA                 3      3      -      2      2      3      3      -      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump talks about the media?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         39      59       2
Aug 23, 2017         35      62       3
Aug 16, 2017         38      59       3
May 25, 2017         35      62       3
May 10, 2017         31      65       3
Mar 07, 2017         37      60       3
Feb 22, 2017         35      61       4
 
 
33. Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump or the news media?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Trump                37%    78%     3%    34%    43%    32%    36%    52%
News media           52     12     89     52     44     59     53     38
DK/NA                11     10      8     13     13      8     11      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Trump                20%    39%    41%    41%    48%    40%    44%     6%    22%
News media           61     51     50     52     40     52     46     85     61
DK/NA                19     10      9      7     12      8     10      8     18
 
TREND: Who do you trust more to tell you the truth about important issues: President Trump or the news media?
                             News
                     Trump   Media   DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         37      52      11
Aug 23, 2017         36      54      10
Aug 16, 2017         37      55       9
May 25, 2017         34      53      13
May 10, 2017         31      57      12
Mar 07, 2017         37      53      10
Feb 22, 2017         37      52      10
 
 
34. Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              31%    15%    47%    33%    33%    29%    41%    24%
Oppose               47     65     32     45     49     44     42     50
DK/NA                22     20     21     23     17     26     17     27
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              28%    28%    31%    38%    32%    32%    32%    28%    30%
Oppose               43     49     52     40     51     41     46     47     50
DK/NA                30     22     17     22     17     27     22     24     20
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         31      47      22
Sep 28, 2015         26      58      16
Aug 31, 2015         25      55      20
Aug 03, 2015         28      57      15
 
 
35. Do you think that the NRA, or National Rifle Association, supports policies that are good for the U.S. or supports policies that are bad for the U.S.?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good                 43%    83%     9%    40%    52%    34%    41%    58%
Bad                  47     10     80     49     39     55     52     32
DK/NA                10      7     11     11      9     11      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good                 36%    45%    45%    42%    56%    42%    49%    14%    34%
Bad                  53     46     47     47     36     49     42     72     50
DK/NA                11      9      8     11      8      9      8     14     16
 
 
36. Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              62%    84%    43%    60%    69%    56%    56%    71%
Oppose               31     11     51     32     27     35     39     22
DK/NA                 7      5      7      8      5     10      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              52%    66%    66%    60%    70%    57%    64%    55%    52%
Oppose               39     30     28     32     26     35     30     42     31
DK/NA                 9      5      6      8      3      9      6      3     17
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         62      31       7
Apr 05, 2017         58      34       7
Mar 08, 2017         58      37       5
 
 
36a. Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board? COMBINED WITH: (If support q36) If the tax reductions caused an increase in the deficit, would you still support reducing taxes across the board, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support even if
 incr deficit        33%    52%    16%    31%    38%    28%    26%    42%
Support only if
 NOT incr deficit    24     26     23     24     27     21     26     23
Oppose               31     11     51     32     27     35     39     22
DK/NA                12     12     11     13      8     16      9     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support even if
 incr deficit        23%    32%    34%    35%    40%    28%    34%    29%    19%
Support only if
 NOT incr deficit    24     28     27     20     27     21     24     23     30
Oppose               39     30     28     32     26     35     30     42     31
DK/NA                14     10     11     13      7     16     12      6     20
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board? (If support) If the tax reductions caused an increase in the deficit, would you still support reducing taxes across the board, or not?
                     Sup     Sup
                     EvenIf  Onlyif
                     Incr    NotIncr Oppose  DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         33      24      31      12
Apr 05, 2017         27      27      34      11
Mar 08, 2017         29      26      37       8
 
 
36b. Do you support or oppose reducing taxes across the board? COMBINED WITH: (If support q36) If the tax reductions benefitted the wealthy the most, would you still support reducing taxes across the board, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support even if
 benf wlthy most     21%    41%     4%    20%    26%    16%    23%    26%
Support only if
 NOT benf wlthy most 38     38     39     37     39     36     31     42
Oppose               31     11     51     32     27     35     39     22
DK/NA                10     10      7     11      8     12      7     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support even if
 benf wlthy most     14%    22%    24%    21%    29%    19%    24%     8%    14%
Support only if
 NOT benf wlthy most 38     40     39     36     39     35     37     47     35
Oppose               39     30     28     32     26     35     30     42     31
DK/NA                 9      8      9     11      6     11      9      3     19
 
 
38. Do you think that President Trump and his administration have done enough to help Texas in the wake of hurricane Harvey, or do you think they haven't done enough?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Have done enough     57%    78%    38%    58%    61%    53%    63%    62%
Haven't done enough  27     11     44     23     24     29     20     21
DK/NA                16     11     18     19     15     18     18     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Have done enough     35%    60%    63%    63%    67%    58%    62%    40%    39%
Haven't done enough  47     26     22     19     19     22     21     48     46
DK/NA                17     14     15     18     14     20     17     13     15
 
 
39. Do you think that President Trump and his administration have done enough to help Florida in the wake of hurricane Irma, or do you think they haven't done enough?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Have done enough     57%    76%    40%    57%    60%    54%    62%    62%
Haven't done enough  26     11     43     23     23     29     20     22
DK/NA                17     13     17     19     17     17     19     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Have done enough     37%    60%    63%    63%    65%    59%    62%    40%    42%
Haven't done enough  45     27     21     18     19     22     21     48     44
DK/NA                18     13     16     19     16     19     17     12     13
 
 
40. Do you think that President Trump and his administration have done enough to help Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricane Maria, or do you think they haven't done enough?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Have done enough     36%    68%     6%    35%    42%    30%    36%    48%
Haven't done enough  55     20     89     55     48     63     54     43
DK/NA                 9     12      5      9     10      8     10      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Have done enough     15%    39%    41%    40%    47%    37%    42%    12%    17%
Haven't done enough  74     53     52     50     43     54     48     84     76
DK/NA                11      8      6     10     10      9      9      4      7
 
 
41. Do you think that President Trump cares about the problems facing Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Cares            43%    83%    11%    39%    49%    37%    45%    57%
No                   52     14     85     55     45     59     51     38
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      5      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Cares            22%    44%    50%    48%    56%    46%    51%    14%    23%
No                   70     53     48     47     40     50     45     85     72
DK/NA                 8      4      2      5      4      5      4      2      5
 
 
42. Do you approve or disapprove of President Trump's response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              50%    80%    24%    51%    57%    44%    50%    59%
Disapprove           34      6     61     32     26     41     34     24
DK/NA                16     14     14     17     17     15     16     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              30%    51%    56%    58%    61%    49%    55%    36%    36%
Disapprove           49     33     32     26     24     34     29     54     45
DK/NA                21     15     12     16     16     17     16     10     18
 
 
43. Do you have confidence in President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Confidence       40%    83%     5%    37%    49%    32%    38%    55%
No                   57     15     93     60     48     65     59     43
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      2      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Confidence       25%    43%    45%    42%    54%    39%    47%    13%    27%
No                   71     56     53     55     44     59     51     85     72
DK/NA                 3      1      2      3      2      3      2      2      1
 
TREND: Do you have confidence in President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         40      57       2
Sep 28, 2017         41      56       2
Aug 24, 2017         42      54       4
Aug 16, 2017         42      56       3
 
 
44. Do you think the United States will be able to resolve the situation with North Korea diplomatically or will the United States need to use military force to resolve the situation with North Korea?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Diplomatically       54%    41%    64%    58%    53%    56%    61%    50%
Military force       29     42     20     27     33     25     24     32
DK/NA                17     17     16     15     14     19     15     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Diplomatically       53%    56%    51%    60%    53%    58%    56%    50%    59%
Military force       32     33     32     20     32     23     28     37     28
DK/NA                15     11     17     20     14     19     16     13     13
 
TREND: Do you think the United States will be able to resolve the situation with North Korea diplomatically or will the United States need to use military force to resolve the situation with North Korea?
                     Diplom- Miltry
                     atic    Force   DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         54      29      17
Sep 28, 2017         50      35      15
Aug 24, 2017         64      26      11
Aug 16, 2017         60      30      10
 
 
45. Do you think it is more important to avoid war with North Korea, or do you think it is more important to take away North Korea's nuclear weapons?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Avoid war            52%    29%    69%    57%    46%    57%    54%    43%
Take away weapons    41     63     24     37     48     34     38     48
DK/NA                 7      7      7      6      6      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Avoid war            66%    55%    45%    47%    44%    53%    48%    65%    62%
Take away weapons    27     41     49     41     50     36     43     35     35
DK/NA                 7      4      6     12      7     11      9      1      4
 
TREND: Do you think it is more important to: avoid war with North Korea, or do you think it is more important to take away North Korea's nuclear weapons?
                     Avoid   TakeAwy
                     War     Weapns  DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         52      41       7
Sep 28, 2017         52      43       5
Aug 24, 2017         54      39       6
 
 
46. Do you have confidence in the top national security and diplomatic officials to handle the situation with North Korea, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Confidence       65%    87%    45%    65%    69%    61%    66%    73%
No                   28     10     44     28     25     30     27     20
DK/NA                 7      3     11      7      6      9      7      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Confidence       59%    66%    69%    65%    73%    66%    69%    54%    54%
No                   34     26     26     26     22     24     23     42     39
DK/NA                 7      8      5      9      5     10      7      4      8
 
 
47. Do you think that the U.S. should negotiate with North Korea, or do you think it is a waste of time?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Negotiate            65%    50%    75%    68%    63%    66%    71%    57%
Waste of time        30     46     17     27     34     26     25     36
DK/NA                 6      4      7      4      3      8      3      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Negotiate            68%    62%    63%    69%    61%    67%    64%    72%    64%
Waste of time        22     35     33     26     35     26     30     20     31
DK/NA                10      4      5      5      3      7      5      8      6
 
 
48. Would you support or oppose a preemptive strike on North Korea?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              26%    46%    16%    20%    28%    24%    22%    33%
Oppose               62     41     77     67     63     62     68     54
DK/NA                11     12      7     13      8     14     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              17%    26%    34%    25%    30%    25%    28%    21%    25%
Oppose               75     63     56     59     63     60     62     71     60
DK/NA                 8     11      9     15      7     14     11      8     16
 
 
49. Do you believe that President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will be able to pass any significant legislation by the end of 2017, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Pass legislation 29%    52%    14%    25%    30%    28%    29%    35%
No                   64     40     81     69     63     65     66     57
DK/NA                 7      8      5      6      6      7      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Pass legislation 34%    26%    29%    27%    33%    30%    32%    19%    30%
No                   59     69     66     63     61     62     62     76     66
DK/NA                 7      4      5     10      6      8      7      5      4
 
TREND: Do you believe that President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will be able to pass any significant legislation by the end of 2017, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         29      64       7
Aug 17, 2017         38      58       4
Jun 08, 2017         44      50       6
 
 
51. Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              60%    34%    85%    62%    52%    68%    65%    49%
Oppose               36     63     13     35     45     28     33     47
DK/NA                 3      3      2      4      3      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              64%    54%    63%    64%    49%    65%    57%    78%    72%
Oppose               33     44     35     32     49     31     40     21     24
DK/NA                 4      2      2      4      2      4      3      1      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              72%    61%    58%    52%    65%    68%    44%    46%
Oppose               26     36     39     43     32     29     53     51
DK/NA                 3      3      2      5      3      3      3      4
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose stricter gun laws in the United States?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         60      36       3
Jun 28, 2017         54      42       4
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52. Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              94%    93%    97%    94%    92%    96%    95%    95%
Oppose                5      6      2      5      7      3      4      4
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              93%    94%    94%    96%    93%    96%    95%    96%    91%
Oppose                6      5      4      3      6      3      4      4      6
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      1      1      1      -      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              95%    91%    95%    94%    95%    95%    93%    93%
Oppose                5      6      4      5      4      4      6      6
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         94       5       1
Jun 28, 2017         94       5       -
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53. Do you believe that expanding background checks would be effective in reducing gun violence in the U.S., or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  58%    40%    77%    58%    51%    64%    58%    53%
No                   37     55     19     38     46     29     37     41
DK/NA                 5      6      4      4      3      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  73%    52%    53%    58%    50%    61%    56%    70%    62%
No                   24     46     41     36     47     31     39     29     32
DK/NA                 3      2      6      7      3      7      5      1      7
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Yes                  64%    53%    58%    57%    63%    61%    46%    47%
No                   31     42     38     38     32     35     50     49
DK/NA                 4      5      4      5      5      4      4      4
 
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54. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    46%    86%    62%    50%    76%    66%    56%
Oppose               32     49     12     33     46     19     31     38
DK/NA                 4      5      2      5      4      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    53%    70%    73%    48%    74%    61%    86%    61%
Oppose               41     42     26     21     48     21     35     14     36
DK/NA                 2      4      3      5      4      5      4      -      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              71%    63%    65%    56%    66%    69%    55%    49%
Oppose               26     34     30     39     30     28     40     47
DK/NA                 2      3      5      5      4      3      5      4
 
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55. Do you believe that a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons would be effective in reducing gun violence in the U.S., or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  49%    25%    75%    48%    38%    60%    51%    41%
No                   48     70     21     49     60     36     46     55
DK/NA                 3      4      3      3      3      4      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  51%    45%    48%    55%    36%    57%    46%    67%    55%
No                   48     52     48     39     61     39     50     32     39
DK/NA                 1      3      4      6      3      4      3      1      6
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Yes                  57%    49%    50%    40%    51%    55%    38%    34%
No                   40     48     46     57     45     42     59     63
DK/NA                 3      4      4      3      4      3      3      3
 
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56. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of guns to people who have been convicted of violent crimes?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              86%    87%    87%    87%    85%    88%    91%    86%
Oppose               12     12     12     11     13     12      8     13
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              83%    87%    88%    88%    88%    89%    88%    79%    85%
Oppose               17     12     10     11     11     11     11     21     14
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              89%    83%    88%    85%    86%    89%    86%    88%
Oppose               10     15     11     13     13     10     13     11
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
 
57. Do you believe that a nationwide ban on the sale of guns to people who have been convicted of violent crimes would be effective in reducing gun violence in the U.S., or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  67%    58%    79%    65%    65%    69%    71%    65%
No                   29     40     16     31     32     26     25     33
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      4      4      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  73%    63%    65%    70%    66%    70%    68%    68%    63%
No                   24     32     32     27     31     27     29     29     27
DK/NA                 3      4      3      4      3      4      3      3     10
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Yes                  72%    64%    65%    71%    68%    72%    60%    61%
No                   25     32     32     25     26     25     38     37
DK/NA                 4      5      4      4      5      3      2      3
 
 
58. Do you support or oppose stricter regulations on ammunition sales?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              58%    36%    81%    58%    49%    67%    61%    45%
Oppose               38     61     14     38     48     28     36     49
DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      3      4      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              61%    54%    61%    60%    44%    63%    53%    80%    75%
Oppose               34     43     38     33     52     32     42     19     23
DK/NA                 5      3      2      7      4      5      4      1      2
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              73%    53%    58%    51%    64%    67%    40%    40%
Oppose               24     41     39     46     32     30     56     56
DK/NA                 3      6      3      3      4      3      4      4
 
 
59. Do you support or oppose imposing a federal mandatory waiting period on all gun purchases, so that everyone who purchases a gun must wait a certain number of days before taking the gun home?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              79%    71%    94%    76%    73%    86%    81%    78%
Oppose               19     28      5     22     26     12     18     21
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      1      2      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              70%    78%    85%    85%    72%    87%    79%    85%    83%
Oppose               27     22     14     13     27     12     19     15     14
DK/NA                 3      -      1      2      1      2      1      -      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              86%    76%    77%    80%    82%    83%    73%    72%
Oppose               13     22     21     18     17     15     26     27
DK/NA                 1      2      1      2      1      2      1      2
 
 
60. Do you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              64%    44%    83%    64%    56%    71%    67%    58%
Oppose               34     52     15     33     42     25     31     38
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      2      4      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              56%    60%    66%    74%    55%    71%    63%    74%    64%
Oppose               42     39     32     21     43     25     34     26     35
DK/NA                 2      -      2      4      2      4      3      1      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              73%    64%    63%    56%    65%    68%    56%    52%
Oppose               24     34     35     40     32     28     42     45
DK/NA                 3      2      2      4      2      3      2      3
 
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61. Do you support or oppose a ban on gun modifications that can make a semi-automatic gun work more like an automatic gun?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              73%    62%    82%    76%    71%    75%    78%    70%
Oppose               25     34     17     23     27     22     20     27
DK/NA                 3      4      1      2      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              68%    70%    75%    77%    71%    76%    74%    74%    71%
Oppose               29     29     23     19     27     20     23     25     28
DK/NA                 3      1      2      4      2      4      3      1      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Support              80%    71%    72%    69%    73%    75%    71%    67%
Oppose               19     24     26     28     25     23     26     29
DK/NA                 1      5      2      3      2      2      3      3
 
 
62. Do you think it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today, too difficult to buy a gun in the U.S. today, or about right?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too easy             59%    33%    83%    60%    49%    68%    59%    50%
Too difficult         3      6      2      3      5      2      3      3
About right          33     56     12     33     42     25     34     42
DK/NA                 4      5      4      4      4      5      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Too easy             63%    53%    61%    62%    46%    64%    55%    76%    73%
Too difficult         4      5      2      2      4      2      3      3      5
About right          30     38     33     31     46     29     38     18     18
DK/NA                 3      4      4      5      4      5      4      4      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Too easy             64%    56%    61%    53%    65%    61%    47%    44%
Too difficult         2      4      2      6      4      1      4      3
About right          28     36     33     35     27     32     45     50
DK/NA                 6      4      3      5      4      6      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today, too difficult to buy a gun in the U.S. today, or about right?
                     Too     Too     About
                     Easy    Diff    Right   DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         59       3      33       4
Jun 28, 2017         57       6      32       5
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63. Do you think any new gun laws will interfere with the right to own guns, or do you think it's possible to make new gun laws without interfering with gun rights?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Will interfere       27%    37%    17%    25%    32%    22%    23%    31%
Won't interfere      63     51     75     65     59     67     68     57
NO RIGHT TO OWN(VOL)  1      -      -      1      1      1      -      1
DK/NA                10     12      8      9      9     10      8     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Will interfere       28%    29%    27%    22%    32%    22%    27%    24%    27%
Won't interfere      65     64     65     60     59     66     63     68     64
NO RIGHT TO OWN(VOL)  -      1      -      1      -      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                 6      6      7     17      9     11     10      6      8
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Will interfere       20%    29%    26%    32%    27%    20%    35%    33%
Won't interfere      71     61     63     58     64     71     53     57
NO RIGHT TO OWN(VOL)  -      -      1      1      1      1      -      -
DK/NA                 9     10     10      9      8      8     11     10
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64. If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Safer                35%    65%     7%    32%    45%    26%    31%    47%
Less safe            56     22     88     57     46     65     61     42
DK/NA                 9     12      5     10     10      9      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Safer                24%    41%    35%    34%    47%    31%    39%    13%    29%
Less safe            61     50     58     57     44     60     52     83     56
DK/NA                15      8      7      9      8     10      9      4     15
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Safer                28%    38%    38%    34%    27%    32%    50%    53%
Less safe            64     54     54     53     63     59     40     35
DK/NA                 8      8      9     14      9      9     10     11
 
TREND: If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?
                             Less
                     Safer   Safe    DK/NA
 
Oct 12, 2017         35      56       9
Jun 28, 2017         35      57       8
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65. Do you think Congress is doing enough to reduce gun violence or do you think Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         24%    49%     6%    19%    30%    19%    23%    32%
Do more              68     39     90     73     63     72     71     57
DK/NA                 8     13      4      8      8      9      7     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         21%    27%    26%    19%    32%    22%    27%    13%    11%
Do more              76     64     68     69     60     68     64     84     84
DK/NA                 3     10      7     13      8      9      9      3      5
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Doing enough         21%    26%    21%    31%    19%    21%    36%    35%
Do more              73     67     69     60     74     73     52     56
DK/NA                 6      7      9      9      7      6     12      9
 
 
66. Is being the victim of gun violence something you personally worry about or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Worry            37%    27%    50%    35%    31%    43%    33%    31%
No                   62     73     49     65     68     57     66     69
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Worry            41%    38%    39%    32%    28%    36%    32%    58%    47%
No                   58     61     61     68     71     64     68     41     53
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Gun
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
 
Yes/Worry            38%    41%    37%    32%    42%    38%    29%    29%
No                   62     59     62     67     57     62     71     71
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      -      1      -