May 23, 2013

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

The Pew Research Center has tracked shifting public opinion on gun rights and gun control over the past 20 years. Explore our polling data below to discover how demographics influence public opinion on guns and read the latest report on these findings.

Question: What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?

Overall

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Total rights3530332937384237324238454646494847494642454648
Total control5765626755575458595458494650464749454749515050

Gender

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Men rights4442473646495649415346575557575656605751515356
Men control4953485948464247504351383940393840353841444441
Women rights2619202229282926253230333837423938393733383940
Women control6475757361676568696564605358525557545657575758

Age

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
18-29 rights3226232132333628213740384241504143433736394749
18-29 control6471747764656369716157605356485355535555595050
30-49 rights3630353341394238344137454346494847515148484846
30-49 control5765606353575558585659515050474749434542474953
50-64 rights3536403341464643404841495450495150514544444653
50-64 control5559556151495052555054433945444245435050515046
65+ rights3530322530354237304432434649485048514834463841
65+ control4961626851534853585161444046454545414254475554

Generations

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Silent rights3637393435424341364832464750505249485036463739
Silent control5356566157514852564862423845434244453950495656
Boomer rights3533353341434542384643485251495150534644444652
Boomer control5962596352535154565252464044444344414849504946
Gen X rights3223272434323833314135444344494846495146484847
Gen X control6473707260655963605661525253474850454544475052
Millennial rights------------3427203439384241504243453938414748
Millennial control------------6572746458595356485255525452575051

Race

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
White rights3732363139414541354541515152545354555450525457
White control5463596452535155575254444144414342394042444341
Black rights1817121622232221172621202727312920342323242328
Black control7475878074767473767475726569645973627366677270

Education

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
College Grad rights3531282734343632303737424144414245404335394041
College Grad control5964696859616165625958535253555352535055555656
Some College rights4031383041394540344541485151485452595149525856
Some College control5364586550565256595256464345464243374347453842
HS Grad or Less rights3229332935404339334436434745554745494542434147
HS Grad or Less control5865626656555154585359504551394749444847525552

Party

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Republican rights4542454051505852505559656570726668727169707475
Republican control4753505541463844454238313026223030232627272424
Democrat rights2519211928272925192823263030262927272120222224
Democrat control6576757764676870737173696267706568677272737374
Independent rights3833342834414037334439485346525451555047495051
Independent control5663616860565659595356454150444245404342474747

Ideology

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Conservative rights--------44--5249445446586061--626167--58596462
Conservative control--------48--4547504349373335--323528--33383436
Moderate rights--------34--4133313938403942--454646--37413845
Moderate control--------59--5564625958535354--505048--55545852
Liberal rights--------26--2924172721253230--322526--25242527
Liberal control--------69--6871747175716468--637169--65726972

Parents

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Parents rights--243229--3739382942--------49----464845464649
Parents control--706367--6058606456--------46----494847515149
Non-parents rights--333329--3943373543--------49----514640444547
Non-parents control--626266--5552575753--------45----434750515050

Urban/Rural

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Urban rights------------3229233432373838414140423735373640
Urban control------------6367706363565357545355545756576058
Suburban rights------------4336354139465046484947504843444949
Suburban control------------5459575557484150464648434547514749
Rural rights------------5251445645595963616057586152605760
Rural control------------4244484150353333333539353039374037

Region

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Northeast rights2725231831323226243232313636373637363229383734
Northeast control6670727860666270696462635760585958575965565865
Midwest rights3331363337424142334237484852505352504645485054
Midwest control6065586357525554605557474444404242434745484544
South rights3930333239414341374640495149515250575348474952
South control5164616252555453545157454248454146384344494846
West rights3633382738365036334539464644534444464840434448
West control5560596953564559595256484750435151484648535249

Gun owners

12/1/935/1/996/1/993/1/004/1/005/1/006/1/032/1/044/1/0711/1/074/1/084/1/093/1/109/1/101/16/113/1/1110/1/114/1/127/29/1212/1/121/1/132/1/135/1/13
Guns in home rights47------58------49----68------73------65--6567
Guns in home control43------36------42----28------23------27--3230
No guns in home rights23------24------21----31------30------26--3030
No guns in home control69------67------71----63------64------64--6668

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