92% Support Background Checks & Waiting Periods for Gun Ownership; 38% Believe They’ll Reduce Gun Deaths

Ninety-two percent (92%) of Registered Voters nationwide believe  there should be modest restrictions on the ability to purchase guns such as waiting periods and background checks. On this point, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey finds little difference between gun owners and non-gun owners.

Politico reports that “House Democrats are planning to move several high-profile bills to combat gun violence soon after they take power in January.” They believe “that the political landscape has shifted dramatically on an issue that’s plagued American society for decades.”

However, while there is strong public support for such measures, just 38% of voters believe such modest restrictions would significantly reduce the number of gun related deaths in America.

On this second point, there is significant disagreement. Gun owners, by a 46% to 28% margin, believe such restrictions would not have a big impact. However, by a similar 44% to 25% margin, those without a gun in the family believe such restrictions would reduce the number of gun deaths each year. People who don’t own a gun but live in a family with a gun owner are evenly divided.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of all voters believe the United States should ban private ownership of guns so that only the military, police, and other government officials are allowed to carry guns (see question wording and crosstab results).

Data released earlier showed that only 11% of voters realize that suicide is the largest cause of gun deaths.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 13-14, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).



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