General Social Survey, 2004

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Suppose research proves that more legal restrictions on handguns would increase violent crime. Which of these two reactions would be closer to your position? : 1) I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 2) I would still support more restrictions because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves.
  1) I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns.
  2) I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime.
  8) Don't know
  9) Refused

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 292 34.8% 34.8% -.63
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 496 59.1% 93.9% -.01
Don't know 48 5.7% 99.6% 3.72
Refused 3 .4% 100% 4.34

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-30 31-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 32.8%
63
34.9%
89
38.7%
101
29.7%
38
34.8%
291
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 64.1%
123
60.4%
154
54.0%
141
60.2%
77
59.2%
495
Don't know 2.6%
5
4.3%
11
6.9%
18
10.2%
13
5.6%
47
Refused 0.5%
1
0.4%
1
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
192
100.0%
255
100.0%
261
100.0%
128

836


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 37.0%
117
33.5%
175
34.8%
292
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 57.3%
181
60.2%
315
59.1%
496
Don't know 4.7%
15
6.3%
33
5.7%
48
Refused 0.9%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
316
100.0%
523

839


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school Associate/Junior college Bachelor's Graduate TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 34.0%
35
32.8%
145
41.0%
25
38.1%
56
36.5%
31
34.8%
292
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 56.3%
58
60.9%
269
57.4%
35
57.8%
85
56.5%
48
59.1%
495
Don't know 9.7%
10
5.9%
26
1.6%
1
3.4%
5
7.1%
6
5.7%
48
Refused 0.0%
0
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.7%
1
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
103
100.0%
442
100.0%
61
100.0%
147
100.0%
85

838


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Liberal Moderate, middle of the road Conservative TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 31.4%
75
34.9%
114
39.4%
100
35.2%
289
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 65.3%
156
58.1%
190
54.7%
139
59.1%
485
Don't know 2.9%
7
6.7%
22
5.5%
14
5.2%
43
Refused 0.4%
1
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
239
100.0%
327
100.0%
254

820


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Widowed Divorced Separated Never married TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 38.4%
157
34.2%
25
33.6%
40
24.2%
8
30.2%
62
34.8%
292
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 54.5%
223
54.8%
40
61.3%
73
72.7%
24
66.3%
136
59.1%
496
Don't know 6.8%
28
11.0%
8
4.2%
5
3.0%
1
2.9%
6
5.7%
48
Refused 0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.8%
1
0.0%
0
0.5%
1
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
409
100.0%
73
100.0%
119
100.0%
33
100.0%
205

839


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 35.7%
231
36.3%
41
25.3%
20
34.8%
292
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 57.2%
370
61.1%
69
72.2%
57
59.1%
496
Don't know 6.8%
44
2.7%
3
1.3%
1
5.7%
48
Refused 0.3%
2
0.0%
0
1.3%
1
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
647
100.0%
113
100.0%
79

839


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
I would change my mind and oppose more restrictions on handguns. 37.0%
153
35.0%
78
33.3%
4
29.3%
36
32.3%
21
34.9%
292
I would still support more restrictions, because I don't like the idea of private citizens arming themselves with handguns as a way to fight crime. 55.4%
229
61.4%
137
66.7%
8
63.4%
78
64.6%
42
59.1%
494
Don't know 7.0%
29
3.1%
7
0.0%
0
7.3%
9
3.1%
2
5.6%
47
Refused 0.5%
2
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.4%
3
TOTAL 100.0%
413
100.0%
223
100.0%
12
100.0%
123
100.0%
65

836

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