June 12, 2014

2014 Political Polarization Survey

Table 4.3 Gun Rights/Gun Control

Q123/a/b: What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?
ASK IF MORE IMPORTANT TO PROTECT OWNERSHIP: And do you think there should be (Some restrictions on gun ownership) or (No restrictions on gun ownership) [RANDOMIZE]?
ASK IF MORE IMPORTANT TO CONTROL OWNERSHIP: And do you think (Most Americans should be able to own guns with certain limits in place) or (Only law enforcement and security personnel should be able to own guns) [RANDOMIZE]?

These questions are discussed in Section 4 of the report.

Control gun ownership Protect gun rights
TOTAL Total
%
48
Only law enforcement able to own
%
12
Most able to own with limits
%
35
Total
%
49
Some restrictions
%
38
No restrictions
%
11
(N)3341
PARTY WITH LEANERS
Rep/Rep lean 25 6 19 74 55 19 1,340
Dem/Dem lean 68 17 50 30 26 4 1,572
PARTY ID
Republican 22 5 17 76 56 19 788
Democrat 69 18 50 28 24 4 1,036
Independent 46 11 35 53 40 12 1,320
Lean Republican 28 7 21 72 53 18 552
Lean Democrat 66 15 50 33 29 4 536
IDEOLOGICAL CONSISTENCY
Consistently Conservative 4 0 4 96 60 34 347
Mostly Conservative 19 6 13 79 59 19 625
Mixed 49 13 35 48 39 9 1,179
Mostly Liberal 67 18 48 31 26 5 698
Consistently Liberal 81 16 64 14 12 2 492
SEX
Men 39 9 29 59 43 14 1,631
Women 56 15 41 41 33 8 1,710
AGE
18-49 49 12 36 49 38 10 1,336
50+ 47 12 33 51 38 12 1,960
DETAILED AGE
18-29 48 11 36 49 37 11 483
30-49 50 13 36 48 38 10 853
50-64 45 10 33 53 38 14 1,028
65+ 49 15 33 48 38 9 932
SEX BY AGE
Men 18-49 40 11 28 57 43 13 692
Men 50+ 37 8 29 61 44 16 922
Women 18-49 58 14 44 40 32 7 644
Women 50+ 55 16 37 42 33 8 1,038
RACE
White, non-Hispanic 39 7 31 59 45 13 2,407
Black, non-Hispanic 72 21 48 25 21 4 348
Hispanic 70 28 42 28 19 9 301
EDUCATION
College grad+ 57 15 42 41 32 9 1,378
Post grad 65 17 47 34 28 6 491
College grad 53 14 39 45 34 11 887
Some college 40 6 33 57 43 13 977
HS or less 48 15 32 49 38 10 972
FAMILY INCOME
$75,000+ 48 10 37 51 39 11 1,020
$30,000-$74,999 41 9 31 58 45 13 1,026
<$30,000 54 15 38 43 33 9 971
RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE
Total Protestant 42 9 32 56 43 13 1,673
White NH evang. Prot. 24 3 21 74 55 19 624
White NH mainline Prot. 35 5 30 62 47 14 583
Total Catholic 55 18 36 43 33 10 715
White NH Cath. 45 10 35 54 43 10 496
Unaffiliated 55 11 42 42 34 8 591
ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Weekly or more 45 14 31 52 40 12 1,270
Less than weekly 50 11 38 48 37 11 2,031
REGION
Northeast 54 15 38 44 34 9 606
Midwest 46 11 35 53 41 12 724
South 47 12 34 50 37 12 1,240
West 46 11 35 51 39 11 771
AMONG REP/LEAN REP
Men 18 4 14 81 58 22 721
Women 33 8 24 66 51 14 619
18-29 30 8 22 69 50 18 163
30-49 23 5 18 76 60 15 315
50-64 20 4 16 79 54 25 430
65+ 27 7 20 71 55 15 417
Agree with Tea Party 8 1 7 92 63 27 555
Disagree/No opinion 34 9 26 64 50 14 761
AMONG DEM/LEAN DEM
Men 61 15 45 37 32 5 709
Women 73 18 54 23 21 2 863
18-29 62 13 48 36 31 4 240
30-49 72 18 53 27 23 4 409
50-64 67 16 49 30 26 3 467
65+ 69 21 46 28 25 3 441
AMONG WHITES
Men 30 4 26 67 50 16 1,177
Women 47 9 37 51 41 10 1,230
18-29 37 5 32 60 45 13 274
30-49 38 5 32 61 49 12 561
50-64 37 6 31 60 43 16 761
65+ 42 11 31 55 43 10 790
College grad 53 11 41 46 36 10 1,091
Some college or less 32 5 27 65 49 14 1,311
College grad men 44 8 35 55 42 13 566
College grad women 62 14 47 37 30 7 525
Some col or less men 24 2 21 73 54 18 609
Some col or less women 40 7 33 57 45 11 702
$75,000+ 43 7 35 56 43 12 839
$30,000-$74,999 32 5 27 67 51 15 760
<$30,000 39 6 32 56 43 12 578