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% 79.0%
Strongly oppose 18.5% 97.5%
Don't know 2.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

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


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-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
Strongly favor 22.9% 33.9% 32.1% 19.8% 29.7%
Favor 27.0% 22.1% 23.0% 17.6% 23.8%
Oppose 28.2% 26.4% 22.5% 25.3% 25.5%
Strongly oppose 19.5% 15.8% 20.2% 23.1% 18.6%
Don't know 2.5% 1.8% 2.3% 14.3% 2.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


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


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
Strongly favor 29.2% 53.2% 38.1% 40.4% 25.6% 46.4% 29.6%
Favor 24.1% 12.8% 0.0% 17.5% 25.6% 14.3% 23.7%
Oppose 27.1% 17.0% 19.0% 19.3% 20.0% 21.4% 26.0%
Strongly oppose 17.1% 14.9% 42.9% 22.8% 25.8% 14.3% 18.3%
Don't know 2.5% 2.1% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 3.6% 2.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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