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New CNN Poll Shows that few Americans believe that Obama’s Executive Actions will make a difference, but they still support it

12 Jan , 2016  

According to CNN, only 41% of Americans think that Obama’s executive regulations will reduce the number of gun-related deaths, but 67% still support it, with 43% saying that they strongly support the move.  This raises the concern that Republicans harping only on whether Obama’s actions are legal leaves Americans to believe that Obama is at least trying to do something.  …

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More Americans view letting more people carrying concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism than stricter gun control

19 Dec , 2015  

There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent).  A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy).…

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Most Americans Oppose Re-instituting a National Assault Weapon Ban

19 Dec , 2015  

New surveys by ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times show that the drop in support for a nationwide ban in so-called “assault weapons” mirrors the general decline in support for gun control that has been observed in the last couple of decades (here and here).  The  average of the two surveys weighted by the number of people surveyed shows that 6.9% more people oppose a national ban than support it.  …

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Gun Control is the Strongest Election Issue for Republicans over Democrats and that is the one topic that they have been getting even stronger on

11 Nov , 2015  

The new PEW Research Center Poll shows that gun control is the strongest issue that Republicans have over Democrats, and that gap has been growing.  And while Democrats have been getting stronger against Republicans on abortion, foreign policy, taxes and terrorism, the one issue that Republicans have been getting stronger compared to Democrats is gun control.…

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Gallup: By a 56 to 41 Percent Majority, Americans Believe that More People Carrying Concealed Handguns make US Safer

21 Oct , 2015  

For almost all categories of Americans, there is significant support for the notion that allowing people to carry permitted concealed handguns makes Americans safer.  Only Democrats and those with a post-graduate education do not believe this, but that doesn’t mean that these individuals believe that carrying represents a risk.  If the question were asked whether allowing people to carry concealed handguns either made us safer or had no effect, it is possible that the results would be even more overwhelming (after all while the vast majority of research finds that concealed handgun laws improve safety, no peer-reviewed research by criminologists or economists find that it increases murder, rape or robbery rates).  …

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

16 Jun , 2015  


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.

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CPRC Survey of economists gets front page mention in the Washington Times

9 Apr , 2015  

The Washington Times covered our survey of economists that was conducted by Professor Gary Mauser.    Stephen Dinan’s article that compared our survey to one done at the same time by David Hemenway:

. . . Take Mr. Mauser’s question about self-defense and crimes: While 83 percent of economists believed guns were more likely to be used for self-defense, nearly three-quarters of Mr.

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New survey on the views of academic economists who research guns

2 Feb , 2015  

The CPRC is releasing a new survey entitled: “Economists’ views on guns: Crime, suicides, and right-to-carry concealed handgun laws” (shorter published version is available here).  The survey of economists conducted from August 25th to September 12th 2014 found interesting results including:



Other survey questions are available here.

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One reason that the surveys on gun ownership may underestimate the number of gun owners

30 Jan , 2015  

We have pointed out the conflicting polls on the percent of population owning guns, but there is a good reason to believe that these surveys have missed any increase in gun ownership because of an increasing distrust that Americans have in telling pollsters whether they own a gun.   A survey by Zogby Analytics shows that gun owners are almost 6 percentage points more likely than others to tell pollsters that it is none of their business that they own a gun (we had to combine the answers for former gun owners and never been a gun owner to get the total percentages for those who don’t own a gun).…

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CPRC at Fox News: “Why most Americans oppose more gun control”

30 Dec , 2014  

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades.

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