August 26, 2016

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

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Total rights353033293738423732423845464649484749464245464849524752
Total control576562675557545859545849465046474945474951505048465046

Gender

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Men rights444247364649564941534657555757565660575151535659615261
Men control495348594846424750435138394039384035384144444139374537
Women rights261920222928292625323033383742393839373338394041434243
Women control647575736167656869656460535852555754565757575856545554

Age

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
18-29 rights322623213233362821374038424150414343373639474949474853
18-29 control647174776465636971615760535648535553555559505048525046
30-49 rights363035334139423834413745434649484751514848484648494450
30-49 control576560635357555858565951505047474943454247495350495449
50-64 rights353640334146464340484149545049515051454444465353574955
50-64 control555955615149505255505443394544424543505051504645394843
65+ rights353032253035423730443243464948504851483446384148534849
65+ control496162685153485358516144404645454541425447555449434745

Generations

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Silent rights363739343542434136483246475050524948503646373946534652
Silent control535656615751485256486242384543424445395049565651435041
Boomer rights353335334143454238464348525149515053464444465253564854
Boomer control596259635253515456525246404444434441484950494644404844
Gen X rights322327243432383331413544434449484649514648484750514747
Gen X control647370726065596360566152525347485045454447505248475252
Millennial rights------------342720343938424150424345393841474848474754
Millennial control------------657274645859535648525552545257505149525145

Race

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
White rights373236313941454135454151515254535455545052545759615761
White control546359645253515557525444414441434239404244434139374037
Black rights181712162223222117262120272731292034232324232825342431
Black control747587807476747376747572656964597362736667727072607265
Hispanic rights19392424242114322028252430
Hispanic control65607672736779637670717567

Education

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
College Grad rights353128273434363230373742414441424540433539404141423843
College Grad control596469685961616562595853525355535253505555565657565855
Some College rights403138304139454034454148515148545259514952585657585160
Some College control536458655056525659525646434546424337434745384240394737
HS Grad or Less rights322933293540433933443643474555474549454243414749535051
HS Grad or Less control586562665655515458535950455139474944484752555248444746

Party

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Republican rights454245405150585250555965657072666872716970747576767182
Republican control475350554146384445423831302622303023262727242422222617
Democrat rights251921192827292519282326303026292727212022222428282522
Democrat control657675776467687073717369626770656867727273737469697375
Independent rights383334283441403733443948534652545155504749505153565156
Independent control566361686056565959535645415044424540434247474746424642

Ideology

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Conservative rights--------44--5249445446586061--626167--5859646268716470
Conservative control--------48--4547504349373335--323528--3338343630273429
Moderate rights--------34--4133313938403942--454646--3741384547504448
Moderate control--------59--5564625958535354--505048--5554585251495349
Liberal rights--------26--2924172721253230--322526--2524252726222828
Liberal control--------69--6871747175716468--637169--6572697272747170

Parents

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
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

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Urban rights------------322923343237383841414042373537364041423838
Urban control------------636770636356535754535554575657605858556059
Suburban rights------------433635413946504648494750484344494950524855
Suburban control------------545957555748415046464843454751474947454843
Rural rights------------525144564559596361605758615260576065686368
Rural control------------424448415035333333353935303937403731303529

Region

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Northeast rights272523183132322624323231363637363736322938373444363746
Northeast control667072786066627069646263576058595857596556586554585952
Midwest rights333136333742414233423748485250535250464548505453585158
Midwest control606558635752555460555747444440424243474548454446404640
South rights393033323941434137464049514951525057534847495250565155
South control516461625255545354515745424845414638434449484647414642
West rights363338273836503633453946464453444446484043444851504545
West control556059695356455959525648475043515148464853524946495253

Gun owners

12/5/935/16/996/14/993/19/004/16/005/6/006/8/032/16/044/22/0711/26/074/27/084/21/093/14/109/6/101/16/113/1/1110/4/114/15/127/29/1212/19/121/13/132/18/135/5/132/9/1412/7/147/20/158/16/16
Guns in home rights47------58------49----68------73------65--65676871
Guns in home control43------36------42----28------23------27--32302927
No guns in home rights23------24------21----31------30------26--30303133
No guns in home control69------67------71----63------64------64--66686665