Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Gun Rights & Regulations

Friday, April 13, 2012

Washington, DC - These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters from April 9th – 12th, 2012 about gun rules and regulations.

  • The NRA is a reasonably popular organization. Unsurprisingly, favorability towards the NRA is stronger among Republicans but a majority of Democrats have a favorable attitude towards the organization.
    • As comparison points, we also asked about the NAACP, ACLU and AARP. AARP has the strongest favorability rates of the four organizations. Favorability towards the ACLU and NAACP are both strongly influenced by partisan ID.
  • Americans are broadly supportive of restrictions or regulations on gun ownership.
    • Only 6% say there should be no or very few restrictions on gun ownership.
    • 62% oppose allowing people to bring a firearm into a church, workplace or retail establishment.
    • 91% support background checks for gun purchasers.
    • 69% support limiting the number of guns a person could purchase in a given time frame.
    • 74% support laws limiting the sale of automatic weapons.
  • However, Americans are also broadly supportive of a number of pro-gun laws including:
    • Majorities support concealed carry laws and allowing the use of deadly force, both in homes and public places.
  • Framing this discussion, Americans remain concerned with crime and are concerned about what is to be done about it.
    • Almost half of Americans think crime rates are going up in their communities.
    • Significant majorities do not think police can stop all crime from happening
    • As a consequence, large majorities believe regular people need to step up to prevent crimes (leading to the Trayvon Martin incident).

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters from April 9th – 12th, 2012. For the survey, a sample of 1,922 Americans was interviewed online, including 650 Republicans, 752 Democrats, 520 Independents, 1289 Caucasians, 219 African Americans and 267 Hispanics. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points for all respondents. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, ethnicity and a political values scale. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of a per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding.

More data and full technical details are available in the topline document attached.

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Chris Jackson
Research Director, Public Sector Practice
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Ipsos/Reuters Poll: Gun Rights & Regulations

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