Washington Post-ABC News Poll

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 10-13, 2013, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including landline and cell phone-only respondents. Results have a 3.5-point error margin. This survey was produced for The Washington Post by Capital Insight, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13       55       32         23      41        8         33         4
12/16/12      54       33         21      42        9         32         5
11/4/12  RV   52       33         10      46       10         36         2     
11/3/12  RV   51       33         10      47       10         37         2     
11/2/12  RV   51       32         11      47       11         36         2     
11/1/12  RV   50       31         11      48       11         37         2     
10/31/12 RV   50       30         11      48       11         37         2     
10/30/12 RV   50       28         12      48       12         37         2     
10/29/12 RV   50       28         11      48       11         36         2     
10/28/12 RV   51       28         11      46       11         36         3     
10/27/12 RV   50       28         11      46       11         36         3     
10/26/12 RV   51       29         10      46       10         36         3     
10/25/12 RV   50       29          9      47        9         37         3     
10/24/12 RV   50       29         10      48       10         38         3     
10/23/12 RV   50       29         21      47        9         37         3
10/22/12 RV   50       30         20      47       10         38         3
10/21/12 RV   51       31         20      47       10         37         2
10/13/12      50       30         21      44       10         34         6
9/29/12       50       26         24      46       12         34         4
9/9/12        49       29         20      45       11         35         6
8/25/12       50       27         23      46       13         33         4
7/8/12        47       24         24      49       15         34         4
5/20/12       47       26         21      49       13         36         3
4/8/12        50       30         20      45       10         35         6
3/10/12       46       28         18      50       11         39         4
2/4/12        50       29         22      46       11         36         3
1/15/12       48       25         23      48       11         37         4
12/18/11      49       25         24      47       13         34         4
11/3/11       44       22         22      53       15         37         3
10/2/11       42       21         21      54       14         40         4
9/1/11        43       21         22      53       16         38         3
8/9/11*       44       18         26      46        9         37        10
7/17/11       47       25         22      48       14         35         5
6/5/11        47       27         20      49       13         37         4
5/2/11**      56       29         27      38       14         24         6
4/17/11       47       27         21      50       12         37         3
3/13/11       51       27         24      45       12         33         4
1/16/11       54       30         23      43       15         28         3
12/12/10      49       24         25      47       15         32         4
10/28/10      50       27         23      45       11         34         5
10/3/10       50       26         24      47       13         34         3
9/2/10        46       24         22      52       14         38         3
7/11/10       50       28         22      47       12         35         3
6/6/10        52       30         22      45       12         33         4
4/25/10       54       31         23      44       11         33         3
3/26/10       53       34         20      43        8         35         3
2/8/10        51       29         22      46       12         33         3
1/15/10       53       30         24      44       13         32         2
12/13/09      50       31         18      46       13         33         4
11/15/09      56       32         23      42       13         29         2
10/18/09      57       33         23      40       11         29         3
9/12/09       54       35         19      43       12         31         3
8/17/09       57       35         21      40       11         29         3
7/18/09       59       38         22      37        9         28         4
6/21/09       65       36         29      31       10         22         4
4/24/09       69       42         27      26        8         18         4
3/29/09       66       40         26      29        9         20         5
2/22/09       68       43         25      25        8         17         7
*Washington Post
**Washington Post/Pew Research Center

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13       50       24         25      47       10         37         3 
12/16/12      50       27         23      48       10         38         3
10/13/12 RV   47       26         21      51       10         41         2
9/29/12  RV   47       23         25      52       10         41         1
9/9/12   RV   45       24         21      53        8         45         2
8/25/12       44       20         23      54       12         42         3
7/8/12        44       21         23      54       13         41         2
5/20/12       42       20         22      55       11         44         2
4/8/12        44       23         21      54       12         42         2
3/10/12       38       20         18      59        9         50         2
2/4/12        44       23         22      53       11         41         3
1/15/12       41       19         22      57       11         46         2
12/18/11      41       17         24      56       13         43         2
11/3/11       38       18         20      61       13         48         2
10/2/11       35       17         19      61       13         48         4
9/1/11        36       15         21      62       15         47         2
7/17/11       39       18         22      57       15         43         3
6/5/11        40       20         20      59       10         49         2
5/2/11*       40       18         22      55       16         39         4
4/17/11       42       23         19      57       11         46         2
3/13/11       43       22         21      55       13         41         2
1/16/11       46       22         24      51       13         38         2
12/12/10      43       21         22      54       15         39         3
10/28/10 RV   44       21         23      54       15         39         3
10/3/10       45       22         23      53       13         41         2
9/2/10        41       20         21      57       13         44         2
7/11/10       43       20         23      54       13         41         4
6/6/10        50       26         24      49       12         37         2
4/25/10       49       24         25      49       10         39         2
3/26/10       45       23         22      52       12         40         3
2/8/10        45       22         23      53       15         38         2
1/15/10       47       22         24      52       13         39         1
12/13/09      46       23         24      52       12         40         2
11/15/09      51       26         25      47       12         36         2
10/18/09      50       29         22      48       13         35         1
9/12/09       51       28         24      46       13         33         2
8/17/09       52       27         25      46       13         33         2
7/18/09       52       29         23      46       10         35         3
6/21/09       56       28         28      41       13         27         3
4/24/09       58       31         28      38       13         25         4
3/29/09       60       34         25      38       12         26         3
2/22/09       60       NA         NA      34       NA         NA         6
*Washington Post/Pew Research Center

3. Do you support or oppose Obama’s nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense? Do you feel that way strongly, or somewhat?

          -------- Support --------   --------- Oppose --------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13   42       19         23      24       10         14        33 

4. Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

                Right     Wrong     No 
              direction   track   opinion
1/13/13          39        57        5
1/13/13  RV      37        58        5           
10/31/12 LV      43        55        2
10/13/12 RV      42        56        3
9/29/12  RV      38        60        2
8/25/12  RV      29        69        2
7/8/12           33        63        4
4/8/12           33        64        3
1/15/12          30        68        2
11/3/11          22        74        3
9/1/11           20        77        3
6/5/11           32        66        2
1/16/11          38        60        3
12/12/10         31        67        2
10/28/10 RV      27        71        2
6/6/10           37        60        3
3/26/10          38        60        2
1/15/10          37        62        1
11/15/09         44        55        2
10/18/09         44        54        2
8/17/09          44        55        1
6/21/09          47        50        3
4/24/09          50        48        2
3/29/09          42        57        1
2/22/09          31        67        2
1/16/09          19        78        3
12/14/08         15        82        3
10/25/08 LV      13        85        2
10/11/08 RV       8        90        2
9/22/08  RV      14        83        3
8/22/08          19        78        2
6/15/08          14        84        2
5/11/08          16        82        2
1/12/08          21        77        2
11/1/07          24        74        2
6/1/07           25        73        2
1/19/07          26        71        3
11/4/06  RV      39        59        2
10/22/06         30        68        2
10/8/06          32        66        2
5/15/06          29        69        2
11/2/05          30        68        2
10/24/04 LV      41        55        4
4/18/04          42        57        1
4/30/03          52        46        2
9/26/02          43        53        4
2/21/02          54        42        4
2/14/99          55        41        4
11/1/98          55        43        2
8/21/98          57        40        4
7/12/98          50        45        6
4/4/98           55        41        4
1/31/98          61        34        5
1/30/98          61        34        5
1/19/98          44        50        6
8/27/97          39        57        4
6/8/97           37        60        3
3/9/97           34        62        4
10/17/96 RV      40        55        5
10/16/96 RV      42        53        5
10/15/96 RV      43        52        5
10/14/96 RV      44        51        5
10/13/96 RV      44        51        5
9/04/96  RV      40        54        6
8/21/96          28        67        5
6/30/96          26        70        5
3/17/96          27        70        3
1/21/96          27        66        6
1/3/96           21        77        3
4/5/95           23        73        3
1/4/95           27        68        6
10/31/94         27        69        4
7/20/94          26        70        4
3/27/94          28        69        3
1/23/94          31        60       10
11/14/93         25        69        6
8/8/93           26        71        3
6/20/93          26        71        3
4/26/93          27        71        2
3/11/93          36        57        7
2/28/93          37        59        4
1/17/93          31        63        6
12/14/92         35        60        5
10/27/92 RV      22        76        2
10/4/92  RV      18        78        4
6/7/92           14        83        3
4/9/92           16        81        3
3/11/92          18        79        4
1/15/92          19        78        3
11/10/91         24        72        4
10/29/91         26        71        3
8/27/91          31        60        9
7/28/91          30        67        3
6/2/91           39        57        4
4/9/91           42        51        7
2/26/91          58        39        3
1/27/91          49        48        4
10/14/90         19        79        2
9/9/90           36        60        4
8/20/90          35        60        5
7/24/90          37        60        2
5/21/90          39        60        2
3/26/90          44        53        2
2/4/90           49        48        3
1/16/90          48        49        3
5/23/89          42        55        3
3/16/89          46        52        2
1/16/89  LV      51        46        3
10/25/88 LV      49        46        6
9/27/88          48        44        8
7/11/88          40        56        4
5/25/88          35        59        6
3/21/88          40        56        4
1/23/88          39        59        2
12/13/87         49        47        4
12/2/87          35        61        4
9/23/87          43        54        4
6/29/87          35        62        3
4/13/87          37        60        3
3/9/87           38        58        4
1/18/87          39        56        5
9/8/86           50        48        2
1/26/86          45        47        8
7/29/85          52        43        6
1/16/85          59        36        4
5/22/84          47        48        5
12/13/83         43        51        6
11/7/83          51        44        5
4/12/83          41        54        4
3/2/83           43        53        3
10/11/82         35        57        8
1/30/82          39        56        5
2/80*            20        70       10
2/78             34        53       13
2/77             41        44       14
10/75            19        71        9
10/74            15        75       11
10/73            16        74       10
*2/80 and previous: Roper

5. Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel (optimistic) or (pessimistic) about the policies Obama will pursue in his second term in office?

           ----- Optimistic ----    ---- Pessimistic ----     No 
           NET   Very   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
1/13/13    53     26       27       41       12       29       6
12/16/12   55     26       29       41       14       26       5
12/14/08*  68     NA       NA       26       NA       NA       6
* "the policies Obama will pursue"

Compare to Bush:

           Optimistic   Pessimistic   No opinion
12/11/06       47           47             6
5/15/06        43           53             4
12/18/05       53           43             4
12/19/04*      51           45             5  
* "... in his second term in office"

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job? Do you approve/disapprove strongly, or somewhat?

              -------- Approve --------   ------- Disapprove ------     No
              NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13       19        4         15      76       21         55         4
1/15/12       13        3         11      84       19         65         3
10/2/11       14        3         11      82       20         62         4
3/13/11       27        7         20      69       24         45         4
1/16/11       28        6         21      66       24         43         7
10/28/10 RV   23        6         17      74       21         53         3
10/3/10       24        6         18      73       22         51         3
9/2/10        25        5         20      72       21         51         4
6/6/10        26        7         20      71       20         51         2
3/26/10       24        7         18      72       18         54         4
2/8/10        26       NA         NA      71       NA         NA         3
7/13/08       23                          71                             6
2/1/08        33                          59                             8
12/9/07       32                          60                             8
11/1/07       28                          65                             7
9/30/07       29                          65                             6
7/21/07       37                          60                             4
6/1/07        39        "          "      53        "          "         8
4/15/07       44        8         36      54       25         29         3
2/25/07       41       NA         NA      54       NA         NA         5
1/19/07       43                          50                             8
12/11/06      37        "          "      57        "          "         6
11/4/06  RV   36        7         29      60       25         35         4
10/22/06      31        5         25      65       27         38         4
10/8/06       32        5         27      66       29         37         2
9/7/06        40       NA         NA      55       NA         NA         5
8/6/06        36                          60                             4
5/15/06       33                          63                             4
4/9/06        35                          62                             3
3/5/06        36                          62                             3
1/26/06       43                          53                             4
1/8/06        41                          55                             5
12/18/05      43                          53                             4
11/2/05       37                          59                             4
8/28/05       37                          59                             4
6/5/05        41                          54                             4
10/29/03      40                          52                             9
4/30/03       57                          37                             6
9/26/02       51                          43                             6
7/15/02       57                          36                             7
2/21/02       57                          39                             4
1/27/02       58                          35                             7
12/19/01      59                          34                             7
9/9/01        45                          48                             7
7/30/01       48                          48                             4
4/22/01       58                          33                             8
10/31/99      42                          53                             6
9/2/99        46                          47                             7
6/6/99        48                          46                             6
3/14/99       44                          49                             7
2/14/99       46                          50                             4
12/20/98      44                          51                             5
12/19/98      45                          50                             5
12/13/98      49                          46                             5
11/7/98       41                          55                             4
11/1/98       49                          47                             5
10/25/98      45                          44                            11
10/18/98      46                          45                             8
9/28/98       52                          44                             4
8/21/98       55                          39                             6
7/12/98       46                          44                            11
5/12/98       45                          45                             9
4/4/98        47                          45                             8
1/31/98       55                          35                            10
1/30/98       55                          35                            10
1/25/98       56                          37                             8
1/24/98       55                          38                             7
1/19/98       47                          49                             5
10/13/97      36                          57                             7
8/27/97       39                          54                             7
7/8/97        40                          53                             6
4/24/97       40                          53                             7
3/9/97        35                          60                             5
1/15/97       38                          56                             6
8/5/96        42                          52                             7
6/30/96       35                          58                             7
5/22/96       35                          60                             5
3/10/96       30                          64                             6
1/7/96        31                          65                             5
11/19/95      27                          68                             5
10/1/95       32                          65                             3
7/17/95       34                          63                             3
4/5/95        37                          57                             6
3/19/95       39                          56                             5
1/29/95       42                          52                             6
10/31/94      21                          72                             8
10/23/94      18                          78                             4
9/11/94       24                          70                             5
6/26/94       34                          61                             5
3/27/94       35                          62                             3
2/27/94       32                          64                             4
1/23/94       29                          60                            11
11/14/93      28                          66                             6
8/8/93        33                          64                             3
4/26/93       30                          69                             2
1/17/93       29                          66                             6
6/7/92        16                          77                             6
4/9/92        17                          78                             5
3/18/92       19                          76                             5
3/8/92        22                          73                             6
2/2/92        32                          64                             4
12/15/91      35                          59                             6
10/21/91      45                          50                             5
6/2/91        49                          46                             5
10/14/90      34                          63                             3
2/4/90        41                          55                             4
1/16/90       39                          55                             6
8/21/89       42                          53                             5
5/23/89       54                          44                             2
2/14/89       53                          44                             3
1/23/88       43                          53                             4
6/1/87        56                          40                             4
6/22/85       54                          37                             9
5/83*         33                          43                            24
6/81          38                          40                            22
6/79          19                          61                            20
9/78          29                          49                            22
6/77          34                          42                            24
6/75          29                          54                            17
8/74          48       "          "       35       "          "         17
*5/83 and previous: Gallup

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way [ITEM] are doing their job?

1/13/13 - Summary Table

                                 Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
a. The Democrats in Congress       37          59            3
b. The Republicans in Congress     24          71            4

Trend:

a. The Democrats in Congress

           Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
1/13/13      37          59            3
12/16/12     39          56            5
3/10/12      34          60            6
1/15/12      33          62            5
12/18/11     27          66            7
4/17/11      36          60            4
10/3/10      36          61            3
7/18/09      47          48            5
4/24/09      45          49            6
2/22/09      50          44            6
7/13/08      35          57            8
2/1/08       39          54            7
12/9/07      40          53            6
11/1/07      36          58            6
9/30/07      38          57            5
7/21/07      46          51            2
6/1/07       44          49            6
4/15/07      54          44            2
10/8/06      48          50            3
5/15/06      39          58            4
11/2/05      41          54            5
6/5/05       42          56            3
6/6/99       51          42            7
3/14/99      51          42            7
7/8/97       45          49            6
4/5/95       36          60            4
10/31/94     39          53            8
10/23/94     36          59            5
9/11/94      41          53            6

b. The Republicans in Congress

             Approve   Disapprove   No opinion
1/13/13        24          71            4
12/16/12       25          70            5
3/10/12        23          71            6
1/15/12        21          75            4
12/18/11       20          72            7
9/1/11         28          68            3
4/17/11        34          63            3
10/3/10        30          67            3
7/18/09        36          58            6
4/24/09        30          64            6
2/22/09        38          56            6
7/13/08        25          69            6
2/1/08         30          63            7
12/9/07        32          63            5
11/1/07        32          63            6
9/30/07        29          67            4
7/21/07        34          64            2
6/1/07         36          58            6
4/15/07        39          59            2
10/8/06        35          63            2
5/15/06        33          64            3
11/2/05        35          61            4
6/5/05         42          56            2
6/6/99         41          52            7
3/14/99        40          56            4
7/8/97         40          54            6
9/15/96 RV     46          48            6
6/30/96        38          56            6
4/5/95         45          50            5
10/31/94       33          59            7
10/23/94       31          64            5
9/11/94        35          59            6

8. Do you think Obama is doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with the Republican leaders in Congress on important issues?

                                    About the       No
           Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
1/13/13       10          48            38           5
4/17/11       12          48            38           2
12/12/10      11          40            45           4
2/8/10         9          44            45           2

9. Do you think the Republican leaders in Congress are doing too (much), too (little) or about the right amount to compromise with Obama on important issues?

                                    About the       No
           Too much   Too little   right amount   opinion
1/13/13       10          67            17           5
12/12/10       8          54            32           7
2/8/10         8          58            30           4

10. For each issue I name, please tell me what kind of priority you think Obama and the Congress should give it - the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, or a lower priority than that?

1/13/13 - Summary Table*

                                  ------- High -------            None      No
                                  NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
a. The economy                    96      68       28      3        0        1
b. Reducing federal 
   spending                       88      49       39     10        *        2
c. Restructuring the 
   federal tax system             88      40       48      9        *        3
d. Slowing the rate of 
   growth in spending on 
   Medicare and Social 
   Security                       74      29       45     22        *        3 
e. Enacting stricter gun 
   control laws                   59      32       27     38        2        1
f. Addressing global warming, 
   also known as climate change   53      18       35     44        1        2
g. Addressing immigration 
   issues                         71      21       50     27        1        2
h. Addressing gun violence        68      28       40     30        1        2
*Full sample asked items a and b; half sample asked c-e; other half sample asked f-h.

Trend (2006 and previous, "Bush and the Congress"):

a. The economy

          ------- High -------            None      No
          NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/13/13   96      68       28      3        0        1
1/16/11   97      72       24      3        0        *
1/16/09   98      76       22      2        *        *
1/26/06   96      52       45      3        *        *   
1/16/05   94      43       51      5        0        1   
4/30/03   95      56       39      4        *        1

b. Reducing federal spending

          ------- High -------            None      No
          NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/13/13   88      49       39     10        *        2
1/26/06*  88      43       45     10        *        1 
*”government spending”

c. Restructuring the federal tax system

          ------- High -------            None      No
          NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/13/13   88      40       48      9       *         3

Compare to: Taxes

1/16/11   87      31       56     12       *         1
1/16/09   81      23       58     17       1         1
1/26/06   82      27       54     17       *         1
1/16/05   80      19       60     19       *         1
4/30/03   82      30       51     17       *         2

d-e. No trend.

f. Addressing global warming, also known as climate change

           ------- High -------            None      No
           NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/13/13    53      18       35     44        1        2
1/16/11*   48      16       32     46        4        2
1/16/09    58      17       41     37        4        1
1/26/06    62      26       37     35        1        1
*1/16/11 and previous: “Global warming”

g. Addressing immigration issues  
 
           ------- High -------            None      No
           NET   Highest   High   Lower   (vol.)   opinion
1/13/13    71      21       50     27        1        2
1/16/11*   69      24       45     29        1        1
1/16/09    69      21       48     29        1        1
1/26/06    69      27       42     29        2        1   
1/16/05    68      20       49     28        1        2
*1/16/11 and previous: “Immigration issues”

h. No trend.

11. Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: [ITEM]?

1/13/13 - Summary Table

                                                    Yes   No   No opinion
a. He understands the problems of people like you   55    43        2
b. He is a strong leader                            61    37        2

Trend:

a. He understands the problems of people like you

          Yes   No   No opinion
1/13/13   55    43        2
1/15/12   51    47        2
11/3/11   49    49        2
6/5/11    49    49        2
1/16/11   58    40        2
9/2/10    50    48        2
6/6/10    51    48        2
3/26/10   56    43        2
1/15/10   57    42        2
7/18/09   63    35        1
4/24/09   73    25        1
1/16/09   72    24        4

b. He is a strong leader

          Yes   No   No opinion
1/13/13   61    37        2
1/15/12   51    48        1
11/3/11   48    51        1
6/5/11    55    44        1
6/6/10    57    43        1
3/26/10   65    33        2
1/15/10   63    35        1
7/18/09   71    27        2
4/24/09   77    22        2
1/16/09   72    18       10

12. If Congress does not raise its borrowing limit in February, the federal government will have to default on its loans and/or shut down some of its operations. Some people say the borrowing limit should be raised only if spending cuts also are put in place. Others say the two issues should be kept separate. Do you think raising the borrowing limit should be tied to spending cuts, or should these be kept as separate issues?

            Should be tied       Should be kept        No
           to spending cuts    as separate issues    opinion
1/13/13          36                   58                6

13. (IF TIED TO SPENDING CUTS) If Congress and the Obama administration do not agree on spending cuts, should the borrowing limit be raised anyway or should the government default on its loans and/or shut down some of its operations?

                              Government should    
          Borrowing limit    default and/or shut     No
          should be raised     some operations     opinion
1/13/13          29                  63               9

12/13 NET:

          ----- Borrowing limit should be tied to spending cuts -----  Should be
                Raise borrowing   Let default on       No opinion if    kept as    
                 limit if no     loans and/or shut    no agreement on  separate   No
          NET     agreement     down some operations   spending cuts    issues    op.
1/13/13   36         10                 22                   3            58       6

14. Who do you trust more to handle this issue - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

          ------- Obama -------   ---- Republicans ----    Both    Neither     No
          NET   Strngly   Smwht   NET   Smwht   Strngly   (vol.)   (vol.)    opinion
1/13/13   49      38       11     35      12       23        2       12         2
7/17/11*  48      34       14     39      11       28        1       10         3  
*“reducing the federal budget deficit and increasing the government’s debt limit” 

On another subject, thinking about gun ownership in this country,

15. Would you support or oppose a law requiring [ITEM]?

1/13/13 - Summary Table

                                     ----- Support -----   ------ Oppose -----    No
                                     NET   Strg.   Smwt.   NET   Smwt.   Strg.   opin.
a. A nationwide ban on 
   semi-automatic handguns, 
   which automatically re-load 
   every time the trigger 
   is pulled                         51     40      10     46     12      34       4
b. A nationwide ban on 
   high-capacity ammunition clips,    
   meaning those containing more 
   than 10 bullets                   65     53      12     32     11      21       3
c. A nationwide ban on the sale 
   of assault weapons                58     50       9     39     12      26       3
d. Background checks on people 
   buying guns at gun shows          88     76      12     11      3       8       1
e. Placing an armed guard in 
   every school in the country       55     39      16     42     14      29       2
f. The creation of a new federal 
   database to track all gun 
   sales in this country             71     54      17     27      7      19       2
g. Background checks on anyone 
   buying gun ammunition             76     64      12     22      7      15       2

Trend:

a. A nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled

           -------- Support --------    ---------- Oppose -------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13    51       40         10       46       12         34         4
12/16/12   52       42         11       44       11         34         3
1/16/11    48       39          9       50       12         37         2
4/22/07    55       46          9       41        9         32         3

b. A nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips, meaning those containing more than 10 bullets

           -------- Support --------    ---------- Oppose -------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13    65       53         12       32       11         21         3
12/16/12   59       47         12       38        9         29         2
1/16/11    57       46         11       39       10         29         3

c. A nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons

           -------- Support --------    ---------- Oppose -------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13    58       50          9       39       12         26         3
1/19/11*   63       NA         NA       34       NA         NA         3
4/26/09    54       NA         NA       41       NA         NA         5
4/22/07*   67       54         13       30       10         21         3
5/10/00    71       60         11       27       11         16         2
9/2/99     77       68          9       22        8         14         1 
5/16/99    79       67         12       19        7         12         2
6/14/94    80       NA         NA       18       NA         NA         2
*2009 and 2011: CBS News/New York Times “ban on assault weapons”
*ABC News

d. Background checks on people buying guns at gun shows

           -------- Support --------    ---------- Oppose -------     No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
1/13/13    88       76         12       11        3          8         1
5/10/00    92       82         10        6        3          3         2
9/2/99     90       80         10        9        7          3         1
5/16/99    89       77         12       11        7          4         *

e-g. No trend.

16. Which of these do you think would do more to reduce gun violence in schools - having (stricter gun control laws) or (armed guards in schools)?

          Stricter gun   Armed guards   Both equally   Neither     No
          control laws    in schools       (vol.)      (vol.)    opinion
1/13/13        43             41              6           8         2

17. For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country – a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all.

1/13/13 – Summary Table

                                 -- Contributes ---   - Doesn’t contribute -
                                       Great                  Not       Not      No 
                                 NET   deal    Smwt   NET   so much   at all   opinion  
a. The availability of 
   semi-automatic handguns       69     41      29    29      13        16        1
b. The availability of assault    
   weapons                       73     45      28    26      11        15        1
c. The availability of 
   high-capacity ammunition 
   clips                         70     42      28    28      11        17        2
d. Inadequate background 
   checks before guns are sold   83     56      27    16       9         7        2
e. Violence in TV programs, 
   movies and video games        72     38      34    27      13        15        1
f. Inadequate treatment of 
   mentally ill people           85     56      30    12       7         5        2
g. Lack of individual 
   responsibility by gun 
   owners                        83     53      30    16       7         8        1

18. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the leadership of the National Rifle Association? Do you feel that way strongly, or somewhat?

 
           ----- Favorable ------   ---- Unfavorable -----     No
           NET   Strg.   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strg.   opinion
1/13/13    36     20        17      44       16       28       20 
5/16/99*   48     22        26      39       19       20       13
5/14/95*   44     20        24      46       26       19       11
*”impression of the National Rifle Association” and “very.”

19. Do you think the National Rifle Association has (too much) influence, (too little) influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?

           Too much    Too little    Right amount    No opinion
1/13/13       38           24             30              8
4/2/00        44           18             32              6  
9/2/99        47           17             31              5 
12/5/93*      45           15             27             13
*PSRA

20. Thinking about the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last month – would you say this incident has made you more likely to support some forms of gun control, less likely to support some forms of gun control, or made no difference in your opinion on gun control? Is that much more/less likely or somewhat more/less likely?

          ---- More likely ----   ---- Less Likely ----       No         No
          NET   Much   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Much   difference   opinion
1/13/13   52     35       17       5        2        3        42          1  

21. How worried are you, if at all, that a mass shooting could happen in your community – is that something that worries you a great deal, somewhat, not so much or not at all?

          --------- Worried ---------   -------- Not worried ---------     No
          NET   Great deal   Somewhat   NET   Not so much   Not at all   opinion
1/13/13   55        24          31      45        24            21          *

22. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?

           Yes   No   No opinion
1/13/13    44    56        1
1/16/11    44    55        *
4/24/09    41    58        *
6/15/08    42    58        *
4/22/07    45    55        0
10/8/06    42    58        *
10/20/02   41    59        *
5/10/00    45    55        *
4/2/00     43    56        *
9/2/99     44    56        *
5/16/99    46    53        *

901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what?

 
          Democrat   Republican   Independent   Other (vol.)   No opinion
1/13/13      33          24           37              5             1
12/16/12     31          24           38              4             4
11/4/12      33          25           34              4             5
11/4/12 RV   33          27           35              3             2
11/4/12 LV   35          29           32              3             1
10/13/12     33          22           37              4             4
9/29/12      31          25           36              5             3
9/9/12       33          23           37              4             3
8/25/12      31          22           39              6             3
7/8/12       33          24           36              4             3
5/20/12      32          22           38              7             2
4/18/12      34          23           34              5             3
3/10/12      31          27           36              3             3
2/12/12      34          23           37              5             1
1/15/12      32          25           36              5             2

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