Poll: More Americans Favor Protecting Gun Rights Over Taking Guns Away

September 13, 2016

According to a new Pew poll, most Americans are in favor of protecting gun rights over strengthening gun control measures.

Pew found that whether someone supported Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton weighed heavily on their stance toward guns. Trump supporters back gun rights while Clinton supporters side with stricter gun control. According to the poll, the chasm between the two group's opinions is the largest it's been in a decade.

Via the Washington Examiner:

Fifty-two percent of the general public placed a greater emphasis on protecting gun rights, while 46 percent said it’s more important to control ownership, according to the Pew survey.

In terms of registered voters, 90 percent of Trump supporters favored protecting gun rights, compared to 9 percent who placed more of an emphasis on controlling gun ownership. Meanwhile, 79 percent of Clinton supporters said they prioritize controlling ownership, compared to 19 percent who sided with emphasizing gun rights.

The 70-point gap between the major-party presidential candidates’ supporters who prioritize the control of gun ownership over protecting gun rights is the widest in more than a decade.

Pew also found that a majority of the public believes gun ownership does more to protect people than it does at putting people in danger. Partisan differences also weighed heavily how people responded.

In the new poll, a majority of the public — 58 percent — also said gun ownership in the country does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, compared to 37 percent who said it does more to put people’s safety at risk.

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