UPDATED: Trend of people feeling that guns make them safer continues: “Americans Prefer Living in Neighborhoods With Guns”

16 Jun , 2015  

Rasmussen Report

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Last November and December, we posted discussions of recent Gallup, Washington Post-ABC News, and PEW surveys showing that people viewed gun ownership made them feel safer. Now a new Rasmussen survey shows that Americans feel safer when others in their neighborhood owns guns.

American Voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection. Sixty-eight percent (68%) would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed, while 10% are not sure. . . .

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters who live in a city and 24% who live in a suburb would feel safer in a gun-free neighborhood, compared to just 14% of those who live in a rural area. . . .

UPDATE: A January 2016 IBD/TIPP poll has similar findings.

Just 42% of the public thinks stricter gun control laws will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, while 52% think increased gun ownership increases public safety.

The poll also found that 42% of adults say that they or someone in their household owns a gun, and 28% say they are planning to buy one; 55% of them say that it is for “security or protection.” Among married women, 49% say that they or someone in their house owns a gun. . . .

But Obama’s pleadings appear to have done little to change minds about guns. Democrats have always been with him — more than two-thirds of them believe that increased gun ownership leads to higher incidence of crime, a position that Obama has staked out. But only 13% of Republicans and 31% of independents feel this way.

In contrast, 57% of independents and 80% of Republicans believe that more guns leads to less crime.

And while 72% of Democrats believe that stricter gun control laws would significantly cut crime and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, only 14% of Republicans and 35% of independents feel this way. . . .

IBD TIPP Poll Do guns make people safer


3 Responses

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