Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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HANDGUN

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Now, I am going to read you a list of some programs and proposals that are being discussed in this country today. For each one, please tell me whether you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose it. -- Restricting the sale of handguns
  1) Strongly favor
  2) Favor
  3) Oppose
  4) Strongly oppose
  5) Don't know

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Strongly favor 29.5% 29.5%
Favor 23.6% 53.1%
Oppose 25.9% 79%
Strongly oppose 18.5% 97.5%
Don't know 2.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Strongly favor 22.1% 36.2% 29.5%
Favor 24.6% 22.8% 23.6%
Oppose 29.2% 23.0% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 22.1% 15.3% 18.5%
Don't know 2.1% 2.7% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Strongly favor 22.9% 33.9% 31.9% 29.9%
Favor 27.0% 22.1% 23.1% 23.9%
Oppose 28.2% 26.4% 22.4% 25.5%
Strongly oppose 19.5% 15.8% 20.3% 18.5%
Don't know 2.5% 1.8% 2.3% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1906


Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
Strongly favor 29.8% 28.6% 30.4% 29.5%
Favor 28.0% 24.7% 18.7% 23.5%
Oppose 23.2% 25.0% 29.4% 26.1%
Strongly oppose 18.0% 19.5% 17.7% 18.5%
Don't know 0.9% 2.2% 3.8% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Strongly favor 28.0% 32.7% 30.1% 31.0% 29.5%
Favor 24.6% 16.9% 18.4% 27.2% 23.6%
Oppose 26.8% 27.0% 31.0% 21.5% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 18.1% 21.6% 15.5% 18.5% 18.5%
Don't know 2.5% 1.8% 5.0% 1.8% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1971


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Less than High school High school graduate (Grade 12 or GED certificate) Some College (no 4-year degree)/Business, technical, or vocational school AFTER high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other 4-year degree) Post-graduate training or professional schooling after college (e.g., toward a master's Degree or Ph.D.; law or medical school) TOTAL
Strongly favor 24.8% 26.3% 26.6% 37.4% 47.7% 29.5%
Favor 21.6% 22.0% 26.6% 26.4% 21.1% 23.7%
Oppose 27.4% 28.3% 27.6% 20.5% 16.3% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 22.4% 20.9% 17.1% 14.9% 11.6% 18.5%
Don't know 3.8% 2.4% 2.1% 0.8% 3.3% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1970


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Asian, other or mixed race TOTAL
Strongly favor 29.3% 30.5% 31.8% 29.6%
Favor 23.8% 22.0% 23.2% 23.6%
Oppose 25.7% 28.2% 23.7% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 18.6% 17.2% 19.7% 18.5%
Don't know 2.5% 2.1% 1.5% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than 20K 20K-39,999 40K-74,999 75K & over TOTAL
Strongly favor 27.2% 27.0% 31.7% 37.2% 29.6%
Favor 22.9% 24.0% 26.5% 23.2% 24.3%
Oppose 30.3% 27.0% 23.1% 20.5% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 18.0% 19.1% 17.9% 17.4% 18.3%
Don't know 1.7% 2.8% 0.8% 1.7% 1.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1767


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
Strongly favor 33.7% 31.5% 26.7% 27.7% 29.5%
Favor 20.0% 23.0% 24.8% 26.0% 23.6%
Oppose 22.7% 28.3% 25.8% 26.6% 25.9%
Strongly oppose 20.3% 15.2% 19.9% 18.1% 18.5%
Don't know 3.2% 2.0% 2.8% 1.6% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975



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