Millennials on the guns: Not so much

April 30, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Results of a poll released Tuesday by the Harvard Institute of Politics showed nearly a majority of Millennials favor strict gun control laws.

Forty-nine percent support making gun laws more strict while 15 percent say they prefer less strict gun laws. The remaining 35 percent say they believe gun laws should be kept as they are.

In the gun control debate, President Obama proposed and pushed for gun control legislation. But Millennials – 56 percent – say they disapprove of the way he is handling “gun violence.” The poll was conducted before the legislation failed in the Senate.

The poll of more than 3,000 U.S. citizens ages 18 to 29 was conducted between March 20 to April 8. It has 1.7 percentage point margin of error.

On various gun control measures, 41 percent support an assault weapons ban and 43 percent support a ban on high-capacity magazines.

When it comes to allowing concealed weapons in the workplace, 48 percent oppose that idea. And 51 percent oppose allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.

Those young adults surveyed also have a mixed opinion of the National Rifle Association. Results show 38 percent express favorable attitudes toward the NRA while the same percentage express unfavorable views.

Of those polled, 18 percent say they own a gun and 39 percent say they have an immediate family member who owns a gun.

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