Poll: 3 Out of 10 Likely Voters Support Federal Involvement in Gun Control

On September 23, Rasmussen released a poll which shows only 34 percent of likely voters believe the federal government should be involved in gun control.

Thirty-six percent of likely voters believe gun control ought to be left up to state governments while 18 percent believe it ought to be up counties and municipalities.

According to Rasmussen, the percent of likely voters who oppose the idea of banning guns for everyone but government entities continues to grow. For example, “69 percent think it would be bad for the country if only the government had guns, [which is] up seven points from 62% in December.” Moreover, 68 percent of likely voters—nearly 7 out of 10—”would feel safer living in a neighborhood where they can own a gun” rather than in one where a gun ownership ban is in place.

When Rasmussen delved into basic questions about support for gun control versus opposition to gun control, they found only 43 percent of likely voters support more gun control, while 48 percent oppose it. They also found that likely voters continue to view the heinous August 26 shooting of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward as a mental health issue instead of a matter to be addressed with gun control.

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