Sixty-one percent (61%) of gun owners in America believe most Democratic politicians want to end private ownership of all guns. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 24% do not and 15% are not sure.
Twenty-two percent (22%) believe most Republican politicians want to end private ownership of all guns. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree.
Non-gun owners are less certain about the intentions of Democratic politicians. Among those who have a gun owner in the family, 38% believe Democratic officials want to eliminated gun ownership. Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree. Among the rest, 33% think that’s the view of most Democratic officials while 36% disagree.
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If a law was passed requiring all gun owners to turn their weapons over to the government as part of a mandatory buyback, just 29% of gun owners say it is even somewhat likely they would comply with the law.
Data released earlier shows that about half of all voters support a mandatory government buy back of semi-automatic weapons. However, just 24% think it is even somewhat likely that most gun owners would comply.
Ignorance about the number of semi-automatic weapons is far from the only public misunderstanding when it comes to guns. Just 11% recognize that most gun deaths in the United States are the result of suicide.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted September 17-18, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
The sample included 220 gun owners and 223 additional respondents with a gun owner in the family. Results based upon these samples have a Margin of Sampling Error equal to +/- 6.6 percentage points.
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