On the heels of legal action taken by 19 states to stop the distribution of blueprints to create 3D printed guns, the vast majority of Americans (81 percent) are against having these blueprints readily available online.
- Even gun-owners don’t like the idea of making plastic guns that shoot real bullets accessible to the general public in this way -- 73 percent of those who own a gun themselves and 89 percent of those who live in a house with a gun-owner oppose the distribution of the blueprints.
- Though they are split almost evenly when it comes to their approval of how Trump is handling gun policy AND how they feel about the NRA, white suburban women voice nearly unanimous opposition to allowing blueprints for 3D-printed guns (93%). Similar shares of African-American women (90%) don’t want 3D-printed gun blueprints available on the web.
- Fervent disapprovers: African-American women almost universally disapprove of how the president is handling gun-related policy (91%).
- Intense Supporters: Completely opposite are Republicans or independents who lean Republican with 88 percent approving of how he’s handling gun policy, including 50 percent who strongly approve. This rises to 92 percent among conservative Republicans who approve of his policy actions on arms.
The NRA is in the news again because of plans to spend millions on ads in support of SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and favorability for the organization has gone up by four percentage points since last asked in SurveyMonkey polling early this year (two weeks post-Parkland shooting), from 44 to 48 percent favorable today.
- For Some, NRA All the Way. For Conservative Republicans, the group with the most favorable view of the NRA, the share who have “strongly favorable” opinions of the NRA has jumped eight percentage points (53% in Feb. to 61%). Among Republicans overall, the Association’s favorability has bumped up six percentage points in strong favorability (from 46 to 52% strongly favorable).
As you may know, it is now possible to use a 3D printer to make a plastic gun that can shoot real bullets. Do you think blueprints for creating 3D printed guns should be allowed on the internet for anyone to download and use?
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the National Rifle Association (NRA)?
Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling gun-related policies?