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America’s Complex Relationship With Guns


Pew Research Center received invaluable advice on the development of the questionnaire from Mary Zeiss Stange, professor emeritus of women’s studies and religion at Skidmore College, and David Yamane, professor of sociology at Wake Forest University. A series of focus groups with gun owners in Roanoke and Alexandria, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, also helped inform the design of the survey questionnaire.

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Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Juliana Horowitz, Associate Director, Social Trends Research Ruth Igielnik, Research Associate Baxter Oliphant, Research Associate Anna Brown, Research Analyst Jocelyn Kiley, Associate Director, Political Research Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research Carroll Doherty, Director, Political Research Hannah Fingerhut, Research Assistant Nick Bertoni, Panel Manager Andrew Mercer, Senior Research Methodologist Renee Stepler, Research Analyst Nikki Graf, Research Associate Anthony Cilluffo, Research Assistant Samantha Smith, Research Assistant Rich Morin, Senior Editor Molly Rohal, Communications Manager Bridget Johnson, Communications Associate Michael Keegan, Information Graphics Designer Aleksandra Sandstrom, Copy Editor Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer

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