Law Enforcement and Public Opinion Align on Gun Control Issues, Differ Elsewhere – Pew Research Center



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“Other differences were not quite so large. About two-thirds of all Americans (64%) favor a ban on assault-style weapons and roughly the same share of police (67%) oppose such a restriction. More broadly, the surveys found that a larger share of police than the public believe it is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns than to control gun ownership (74% of police vs. 53% of the public).”


Data from Pew Research Center showing law enforcement and the public share similar opinions about gun control, despite differing views on other topics.


  • Rich Morin


  • Police, public differ on key issues but align on others


  • Pew Research Center


  • January 23, 2017


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