Survey on the importance of gun control and gun ownership - U.S. 2012

This statistic shows the results of a survey among adult Americans on what they consider more important - the right to bear arms or controlling gun ownership. The survey was conducted in July 2012, shortly after the Aurora shootings. During the survey, 46 percent of respondents said they believed that the right to own guns was more important.

What do you think is more important - protecting the right of Americans to own guns, or controlling gun ownership?

Percentage of respondents
Control gun ownership47%
Protect right to own guns46%
Don't know / refused6%
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Release date

July 2012


United States

Survey time period

July 26 to 29, 2012

Number of respondents

1,010 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

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