Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters


Opponents continue to outnumber supporters of more gun control, perhaps in part because voters strongly believe it would be bad for the country if only police and other government officials were allowed to have guns.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters found 44 percent now think the United States needs stricter gun control laws. Forty-nine percent oppose stricter gun laws.


Just 23 percent of voters think it would be good for America if only government officials such as police officers and military personnel were allowed to have guns. Sixty-two percent think that would be bad for the nation.


When it comes to laws regarding the ownership of guns, 38 percent now think they should be the responsibility of the federal government, but half (49 percent) still believe that should be a state or local responsibility: 32 percent say state governments should be in charge, while 17 percent think local governments should set gun ownership laws. Twelve percent are undecided.


Most voters (56 percent) continue to favor a ban on the purchase of semi-automatic and assault type weapons. Thirty-six percent oppose such a ban.