U.S. Politics Apr. 24, 2013

Divided Reactions to Last Week’s Senate Gun Vote

The key Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week is drawing a mixed reaction from the American public: 47% express negative feelings about the vote while 39% have a positive reaction to the Senate’s rejection of gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases.

U.S. Politics Apr. 8, 2013

Gun Debate Tops Public Interest

The public is paying far closer attention to news about the gun control debate than news about threats from North Korea or the debate over immigration policy.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2013

Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason

Far more gun owners today than in 1999 cite protection – rather than hunting or other activities – as the main reason they own guns. Among the majority of Americans who do not have guns, safety is a major concern.

U.S. Politics Feb. 21, 2013

If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen

After a series of fiscal crises over the past few years, the public is not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the pending March 1 sequester deadline.

U.S. Politics Jan. 22, 2013

Mixed Reactions to Obama’s Gun Proposals

The public is closely tracking the debate: 43% followed news about the proposals very closely and 29% followed fairly closely.

Pew Research Center Jan. 16, 2013

Obama’s Gun Policy Announcement

President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden Wednesday unveiled their proposals for preventing the kind of mass shootings that most recently occurred at an elementary school in Newtown, Ct. Here are some of our public opinion findings that relate to some of what they had to say.

U.S. Politics Jan. 14, 2013

In Gun Control Debate, Several Options Draw Majority Support

There are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals like background checks for gun sales. But there are big partisan divides on others.

U.S. Politics Dec. 20, 2012

Modest Change in Opinion about Gun Control

While support for controlling gun ownership has increased in the wake of the Newtown shootings, the change since July has been modest.

Media & News Dec. 20, 2012

Newtown Sparks Calls for Gun Reform in Social Media, Opinion Pages

The shooting rampage in a Connecticut elementary school last week triggered a conversation different from other recent U.S. gun tragedies.

U.S. Politics Dec. 14, 2012

Public Attitudes toward Gun Control

Public opinion on previous mass shootings has been divided and unchanged.