Public Opinion and Gun Control: A Comparison of Results From Two Recent National Surveys

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Public Opinion and Gun Control: A Comparison of Results From Two Recent National Surveys

Category: Firearm Policies|Journal: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science|Author: J Wright|Year: 1981

This article compares results from two recent national surveys of public opinion on gun control and related weapons-policy issues. One survey was commissioned by the National Rifle Association, the other by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Handgun Violence. Despite the vastly different outlooks of the two sponsoring organizations, the results from both surveys are nearly identical everywhere a direct comparison is possible. Together, the two surveys thus provide a very detailed empirical portrait of the state of popular thinking on the regulation of private arms in the United States.

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