December 7, 2014

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

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Total rights35303329373842373242384546464948474946424546484952
Total control57656267555754585954584946504647494547495150504846

Gender

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Men rights44424736464956494153465755575756566057515153565961
Men control49534859484642475043513839403938403538414444413937
Women rights26192022292829262532303338374239383937333839404143
Women control64757573616765686965646053585255575456575757585654

Age

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
18-29 rights32262321323336282137403842415041434337363947494947
18-29 control64717477646563697161576053564853555355555950504852
30-49 rights36303533413942383441374543464948475151484848464849
30-49 control57656063535755585856595150504747494345424749535049
50-64 rights35364033414646434048414954504951505145444446535357
50-64 control55595561514950525550544339454442454350505150464539
65+ rights35303225303542373044324346494850485148344638414853
65+ control49616268515348535851614440464545454142544755544943

Generations

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Silent rights36373934354243413648324647505052494850364637394653
Silent control53565661575148525648624238454342444539504956565143
Boomer rights35333533414345423846434852514951505346444446525356
Boomer control59625963525351545652524640444443444148495049464440
Gen X rights32232724343238333141354443444948464951464848475051
Gen X control64737072606559636056615252534748504545444750524847
Millennial rights------------34272034393842415042434539384147484847
Millennial control------------65727464585953564852555254525750514952

Race

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
White rights37323631394145413545415151525453545554505254575961
White control54635964525351555752544441444143423940424443413937
Black rights18171216222322211726212027273129203423232423282534
Black control74758780747674737674757265696459736273666772707260
Hispanic rights1939242424211432202825
Hispanic control6560767273677963767071

Education

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
College Grad rights35312827343436323037374241444142454043353940414142
College Grad control59646968596161656259585352535553525350555556565756
Some College rights40313830413945403445414851514854525951495258565758
Some College control53645865505652565952564643454642433743474538424039
HS Grad or Less rights32293329354043393344364347455547454945424341474953
HS Grad or Less control58656266565551545853595045513947494448475255524844

Party

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Republican rights45424540515058525055596565707266687271697074757676
Republican control47535055414638444542383130262230302326272724242222
Democrat rights25192119282729251928232630302629272721202222242828
Democrat control65767577646768707371736962677065686772727373746969
Independent rights38333428344140373344394853465254515550474950515356
Independent control56636168605656595953564541504442454043424747474642

Ideology

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Conservative rights--------44--5249445446586061--626167--585964626871
Conservative control--------48--4547504349373335--323528--333834363027
Moderate rights--------34--4133313938403942--454646--374138454750
Moderate control--------59--5564625958535354--505048--555458525149
Liberal rights--------26--2924172721253230--322526--252425272622
Liberal control--------69--6871747175716468--637169--657269727274

Parents

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Parents rights--243229--3739382942--------49----4648454646494850
Parents control--706367--6058606456--------46----4948475151495048
Non-parents rights--333329--3943373543--------49----5146404445475052
Non-parents control--626266--5552575753--------45----4347505150504745

Urban/Rural

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Urban rights------------32292334323738384141404237353736404142
Urban control------------63677063635653575453555457565760585855
Suburban rights------------43363541394650464849475048434449495052
Suburban control------------54595755574841504646484345475147494745
Rural rights------------52514456455959636160575861526057606568
Rural control------------42444841503533333335393530393740373130

Region

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
Northeast rights27252318313232262432323136363736373632293837344436
Northeast control66707278606662706964626357605859585759655658655458
Midwest rights33313633374241423342374848525053525046454850545358
Midwest control60655863575255546055574744444042424347454845444640
South rights39303332394143413746404951495152505753484749525056
South control51646162525554535451574542484541463843444948464741
West rights36333827383650363345394646445344444648404344485150
West control55605969535645595952564847504351514846485352494649

Gun owners

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/14
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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