Tuesday, September 05, 2000

Public opinion on gun control




        Gun control remains one of the most hotly-debated topics nationwide. A sampling of opinions, found in recent polls:

        A May 2000 poll conducted by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press for the New York Times asked: What is more important: gun-owners' rights or gun control?

        Overall:

        • Gun-owners' rights: 38 percent

        • Gun control: 57 percent

        • Don't know: 5 percent

        Men:

        • Gun-owners' rights: 49 percent

        • Gun control: 46 percent

        • Don't know: 5 percent

        Women:

        • Gun-owners' rights: 28 percent

        • Gun control: 67 percent

        • Don't know: 5 percent

        An Associated Press Poll conducted in April 2000 asked: What is the best way to reduce violence: tougher gun laws or stricter enforcement of existing laws?

        • Stricter enforcement: 43 percent

        • Tougher gun laws: 33 percent

        • Neither: 20 percent

        • Don't know: 4 percent

        An ABC News Poll conducted in April found that 81 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Republicans favor tougher gun control laws. It also found that 67 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans thought tougher laws would reduce violent crime.

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