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Comparative Results From Gun Poll

September 7, 1999

Some comparative results, including the breakdown on gender, on responses to gun control questions from three AP polls taken in the past six months. The interviewing for the first poll was conducted April 16-19 by ICR of Media, Pa. The second AP poll was based on telephone interviews taken April 28-May 2 after the school shootings at Littleton, Colo. The interviews for the most recent poll were conducted Aug. 27-31.

The error margin for all three polls is plus or minus 3 percentage points, larger for subgroups such as men and women.

The AP poll questions (because of rounding, sums may not total 100 percent):

_Do you favor stricter gun control laws or do you oppose them?

(April 16-19) Favor, 55 percent; oppose, 40 percent; don’t know, 11 percent.

Men: Favor, 45 percent; oppose, 42 percent.

Women: Favor, 68 percent; oppose, 24 percent.

(April 28-May 2) Favor, 63 percent; oppose, 31 percent.

Men: Favor, 53 percent; oppose, 42 percent.

Women: Favor, 73 percent; oppose, 21 percent.

(Aug. 27-31) Favor, 56 percent; oppose, 39 percent.

Men: Favor, 45 percent; oppose, 49 percent.

Women: Favor, 66 percent; oppose, 30 percent.

_Which of these is more likely to decrease gun violence ...

(April 16-19) Better enforcement of existing gun laws, 47 percent; tougher gun laws, 42 percent; neither, 7 percent; don’t know, 4 percent.

Men: Better enforcement, 48 percent; tougher gun laws, 40 percent.

Women: Better enforcement, 40 percent; tougher gun laws, 49 percent.

(April 28-May 2) Better enforcement of existing gun laws, 39 percent; tougher gun laws, 51 percent.

Men: Better enforcement, 48 percent; tougher gun laws, 40 percent.

Women: Better enforcement, 31 percent; tougher gun laws, 60 percent.

(Aug. 27-31) Better enforcement of existing gun laws, 49 percent; 43 percent.

Men: Better enforcement, 58 percent; tougher gun laws, 33 percent.

Women: Better enforcement, 41 percent; tougher gun laws, 52 percent.

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