U.S. Politics Apr. 30, 2009

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion

Public attitudes on two contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have largely been driven by shifts in attitudes among men.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Handguns: Public Rejects a Ban — but Supports Controls

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans (73%) oppose a ban on handgun sales, a view shared by 59% of independents and just half of Democrats.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2007

Va. Tech Shootings Produce Little Boost for Gun Control

Six-in-ten Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 32% give priority to protecting Americans’ right to own guns. But a 55% majority opposes a ban on the sale of handguns.

Pew Research Center Apr. 17, 2007

After the Tragedy: Va. Tech Shootings Revive Debate over Gun Control

The rampage at the Blacksburg, Va., campus touched a nerve over gun safety on college campuses, including among Virginia lawmakers who had recently sparred over a firearms ban.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2007

The NRA’s Image Improves as Support for Gun Control Slips

Surveys taken before the Virginia Tech shootings showed that Americans had become less disposed to support gun control measures than they were in the years surrounding the Columbine school shootings in 1999.