Ninety-two percent (92%) of voters nationwide favor modest restrictions on the ability to purchase guns such as waiting periods and background checks. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 38% believe such steps would significantly reduce the number of gun deaths in America.
Most Democrats (56%) believe such modest efforts would significantly reduce the number of gun deaths. Only 21% of Republicans and 34% of Independent voters agree (see question wording and results).
Overall, 81% believe it is too easy to purchase a gun in the United States today.
However, 60% of voters would feel safer living in a community where people are free to own guns rather than a community where guns are outlawed. On this question, there is again a massive partisan divide. Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans would feel safer in a community where people are allowed to own guns. So would 63% of Independent voters. But, 61% of Democrats take the opposite view and would feel safer in a community where guns are outlawed.
Much of this can be traced to personal experience with guns. Most (60%) who don’t have a gun in the family and who don’t expect to own one in the future prefer a community where guns are outlawed. Most (73%) who live in a household with a gun feel safer in a community where gun ownership is allowed.
This national survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted August 12-13, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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