Support for specific gun laws - December 2012
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Table by Scott Clement of The Washington Post. Follow at:
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http://wpost.com/pollsAND https://twitter.com/postpolls
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December 2012Previous poll asking same question
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Support**OpposeSupportOpposeDate poll endedChange from previous***
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Background checks/registration*
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Favor background checks (CNN/ORC)95%5%96%4%8/2012-1
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Prevent felons or people with mental health problems from owning guns (CNN/ORC)92%8%91%8%8/20121
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Require background checks including gun dealers/gun shows (Gallup)92%7%83%16%8/20129
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Requiring gun registration (CNN/ORC)78%22%76%23%8/20122
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Banning high-capacity gun clips
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Ban clips with 11+ bullets (CNN/ORC)62%37%60%40%8/20122
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Ban clips with 11+ bullets (Gallup)62%35%
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Ban clips with 10+ bulltes (Post-ABC)59%38%57%39%1/20112
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Ban bullets that explode/penetrate bullet proof vests (Pew)56%36%
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Ban clips with 10+ bullets (Pew)53%42%
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Banning semi-automatic assault rifles
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Ban semi-automatic assault guns like AK-47 (CNN/ORC)62%37%57%42%8/20125
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Ban manufacture/sale/purchase of semi-auto assault rifles (Gallup)44%51%43%53%10/20111
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Banning handguns
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Ban possession of handguns (Pew)28%67%
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Ban sale of all handguns (Post-ABC)27%71%31%67%1/2011-4
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Ban possession of handguns (Gallup)24%74%26%73%10/2011-2
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Other bans
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Ban semi-automatic handguns (Post-ABC)52%44%48%50%1/20114
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Limit # of guns a person can own (CNN/ORC)48%52%45%54%8/20123
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Ban semi-automatic guns (Pew)44%49%
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*See links below for full question wording
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Post-ABC poll: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postabcpoll_20121216.html
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Pew Research Center poll: http://www.people-press.org/2012/12/20/after-newtown-modest-change-in-opinion-about-gun-control/
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USA Today/Gallup poll (download link at bottom of page): http://www.gallup.com/poll/159569/americans-stricter-gun-laws-oppose-bans.aspx
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CNN/ORC poll: http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/12/19/cnnpoll.december19.4p.pdf
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**Response categories vary: "Favor/Oppose" for CNN/ORC and Pew; "For"/"Against" and "Should be/Should not be" for Gallup.
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***Colors shaded if change is equal or greater than margin of sampling error
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Support for specific gun laws