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Principal Investigator(s): ABC News; The Washington Post
This special topic poll, fielded April 22, 2007, is a part of continuing series of monthly polls that solicit public opinion on various political and social issues. This poll focused on respondents' views on gun control and laws. Respondents were asked whether they favored stricter gun laws, whether they would support laws requiring a nationwide ban on semiautomatic handguns, a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, a nationwide ban on people carrying a concealed weapon, and a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of handguns, except to law enforcement officers. Respondents were also asked whether they thought stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violent crime, whether the best way of reducing gun violence was either by passing stricter gun control laws or by stricter enforcement of existing laws, if the respondent or anyone in their home owned a gun, and whether they thought states should or should not be required to report mentally ill people to a federal database in order to prevent them from buying guns. Views were sought concerning the Virginia Tech shooting and university policies. Specifically, respondents were asked whether they thought school officials did or did not do enough to investigate concerns that the student who committed these shootings was mentally unstable, whether news organizations did the right thing or the wrong thing by airing photos and videos of the Virginia Tech gunman, whether they supported a law requiring universities to provide stricter screening and counseling for students who are suspected of being mentally unstable and possibly dangerous to themselves or others, and whether they supported changing confidentiality laws so that when a college student is suspected of being mentally disturbed, the school would be required to notify their parents. Views were also sought on the primary cause of gun violence in America and whether shootings like the one at Virginia Tech could happen in the respondent's community. Respondents were queried on whether they supported legislation giving Washington, D.C., a full voting member in the United States House of Representatives and whether they approved of the proposed law that would give Democratic D.C. a full voting member in the House, while also giving the Republican state of Utah another congressional seat. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education, political party affiliation, and political philosophy.
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ABC News, and The Washington Post. ABC News/The Washington Post Gun Poll, April 2007. ICPSR24587-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-05. doi:10.3886/ICPSR24587.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24587.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: assault weapons, attitudes, Bush Administration (George W., 2001-2009), Bush, George W., college students, gun control, gun control legislation, gun ownership, gun regulation, handguns, public opinion, school violence, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: Persons aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the contiguous 48 United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
The data available for download are not weighted. Users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.
The CASEID variable was created in order to make it a unique identifier.
The data collection was produced by Taylor Nelson Sofres of Horsham, PA. Original reports using these data may be found via the ABC News Polling Unit Web site and via the Washington Post Opinion Surveys and Polls Web site.
System missing values were recoded to -1.
The variables CSA, METRODIV, CBSA, and MSA contain unknown codes.
The variables BLOCKCNT, MSAFLAG, and NIELSMKT were converted from character to numeric.
To preserve respondent confidentiality, codes for the variables FIPS (FIPS County) and ZIP (ZIP Code) have been replaced with blank codes.
Several codes in the variable CBSA contain diacritical marks.
Sample: Households were selected by random-digit dialing. Within households, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was home at the time of the interview.
Weight: The data contain a weight variable (WEIGHT) that should be used in analyzing the data. The weights were derived using demographic information from the Census to adjust for sampling and nonsampling deviations from population values. Respondents customarily were classified into one of 48 cells based on age, race, sex, and education. Weights were assigned so the proportion in each of these 48 cells matched the actual population proportion according to the Census Bureau's most recent Current Population Survey.
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Standardized missing values.
- Created online analysis version with question text.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2010-08-05
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Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
[ROTATE ORDER OF ITEMS IN PARENTHESES] What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country: (by passing stricter gun control laws), or (by stricter enforcement of existing laws)?
If you agreed with a political candidate on other issues, but not on the issue of gun control, could you still vote for that candidate, or not?
[ROTATE ORDER OF ITEMS IN PARENTHESES] Which of the following do you think is the primary cause of gun violence in America: (the availability of guns), (the way parents raise their children), or (the influence of popular culture such as movies, television, and the Internet)?
Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? [IF FAVOR:] Is that strongly or somewhat favor? [IF OPPOSE:] Is that strongly or somewhat oppose?
Do you think stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violent crime in this country, or not? [IF YES:] Would it reduce it a lot, or just somewhat?
Do you think states should or should not be required to report mentally ill people to a federal database, in order to prevent them from buying guns? [GET ANSWER AND ASK:] Do you feel that way strongly, or only somewhat?
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