Poll: 47% Oppose Gov’t Database of Gun Owners; Only 41% Support

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | April 3, 2013 | 10:43 AM EDT

Rasmussen has released a poll showing that 47% of likely U.S. voters oppose a government database of all gun owners, while only 41% support the concept.

The report on the poll titled,  "41% Think Federal Government Should Keep a List of All Gun Owners", mentions that the country remains divided on the issue. The report says, 41% “think the federal government should maintain a database with the name and address of all gun owners in the United States.” But, the report also says that 47% "disagree and oppose a government database of all gun owners" and 12% are undecided.

The poll asked these questions:

1. Should a strict background check be required for anyone to buy a gun in the United States?

2. Will strict background checks of all potential gun buyers increase violent crime, decrease violent crime or have no impact on violent crime?

3. If government background checks are implemented, who should be prevented from buying a gun? Should be it just convicted felons and those with serious mental health issues, or should more people be prevented from buying a gun?

4. Should the federal government maintain a data base with the name and address of all gun owners in the country?

5. Over the next generation or so, how likely is it that the government will try to confiscate all privately owned guns?

Rasmussen says the poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters across the nation.

The poll was conducted March 30 thru 31.

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Eric Scheiner
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