August 13, 2015

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

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Total rights3530332937384237324238454646494847494642454648495247
Total control5765626755575458595458494650464749454749515050484650

Gender

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Men rights4442473646495649415346575557575656605751515356596152
Men control4953485948464247504351383940393840353841444441393745
Women rights2619202229282926253230333837423938393733383940414342
Women control6475757361676568696564605358525557545657575758565455

Age

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
18-29 rights3226232132333628213740384241504143433736394749494748
18-29 control6471747764656369716157605356485355535555595050485250
30-49 rights3630353341394238344137454346494847515148484846484944
30-49 control5765606353575558585659515050474749434542474953504954
50-64 rights3536403341464643404841495450495150514544444653535749
50-64 control5559556151495052555054433945444245435050515046453948
65+ rights3530322530354237304432434649485048514834463841485348
65+ control4961626851534853585161444046454545414254475554494347

Generations

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Silent rights3637393435424341364832464750505249485036463739465346
Silent control5356566157514852564862423845434244453950495656514350
Boomer rights3533353341434542384643485251495150534644444652535648
Boomer control5962596352535154565252464044444344414849504946444048
Gen X rights3223272434323833314135444344494846495146484847505147
Gen X control6473707260655963605661525253474850454544475052484752
Millennial rights------------3427203439384241504243453938414748484747
Millennial control------------6572746458595356485255525452575051495251

Race

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
White rights3732363139414541354541515152545354555450525457596157
White control5463596452535155575254444144414342394042444341393740
Black rights1817121622232221172621202727312920342323242328253424
Black control7475878074767473767475726569645973627366677270726072
Hispanic rights193924242421143220282524
Hispanic control656076727367796376707175

Education

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
College Grad rights3531282734343632303737424144414245404335394041414238
College Grad control5964696859616165625958535253555352535055555656575658
Some College rights4031383041394540344541485151485452595149525856575851
Some College control5364586550565256595256464345464243374347453842403947
HS Grad or Less rights3229332935404339334436434745554745494542434147495350
HS Grad or Less control5865626656555154585359504551394749444847525552484447

Party

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Republican rights4542454051505852505559656570726668727169707475767671
Republican control4753505541463844454238313026223030232627272424222226
Democrat rights2519211928272925192823263030262927272120222224282825
Democrat control6576757764676870737173696267706568677272737374696973
Independent rights3833342834414037334439485346525451555047495051535651
Independent control5663616860565659595356454150444245404342474747464246

Ideology

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Conservative rights--------44--5249445446586061--626167--58596462687164
Conservative control--------48--4547504349373335--323528--33383436302734
Moderate rights--------34--4133313938403942--454646--37413845475044
Moderate control--------59--5564625958535354--505048--55545852514953
Liberal rights--------26--2924172721253230--322526--25242527262228
Liberal control--------69--6871747175716468--637169--65726972727471

Parents

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
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

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Urban rights------------3229233432373838414140423735373640414238
Urban control------------6367706363565357545355545756576058585560
Suburban rights------------4336354139465046484947504843444949505248
Suburban control------------5459575557484150464648434547514749474548
Rural rights------------5251445645595963616057586152605760656863
Rural control------------4244484150353333333539353039374037313035

Region

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Northeast rights2725231831323226243232313636373637363229383734443637
Northeast control6670727860666270696462635760585958575965565865545859
Midwest rights3331363337424142334237484852505352504645485054535851
Midwest control6065586357525554605557474444404242434745484544464046
South rights3930333239414341374640495149515250575348474952505651
South control5164616252555453545157454248454146384344494846474146
West rights3633382738365036334539464644534444464840434448515045
West control5560596953564559595256484750435151484648535249464952

Gun owners

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/15
Guns in home rights47------58------49----68------73------65--656768
Guns in home control43------36------42----28------23------27--323029
No guns in home rights23------24------21----31------30------26--303031
No guns in home control69------67------71----63------64------64--666866

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