Release of RCMP Report has Minimal Impact on Perceptions of Gun Registry

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The latest Canadian Press/Harris Decima survey asked about plans to scrap the long-gun registry

According to Senior Vice-President Doug Anderson “Dating back to November 2009, Canadian public opinion on the long-gun registry has shown a slow, modest trend towards a preference to keep the registry, despite the fact that there is a tendency to feel it is not effective at reducing gun crime. Both immediately before the release of the RCMP report on its evaluation of the registry and since then, a small majority of Canadians said they prefer keeping the registry. In both these recent waves of study, half the population (52%) indicated feeling the registry does some good and should be kept and another small proportion (6%-7%) feel it does not do any good, but should be kept anyway.”
 

  • A plurality remains of the view it is a bad idea to abolish the long-gun registry. Nationally, 48% were of this view, while 38% feel it is a good idea to scrap the registry. These numbers remain identical to what was recorded just weeks ago, when the data discovered an uptick in support for the registry since March 2010. Residents east of Manitoba continue to be more likely to feel scrapping the registry is a bad idea, however support in BC has shifted towards keeping the registry with half (50%) believing the registry should be kept, up from 35% in August.
  • Across the political spectrum, a majority of Liberals, New Democrats and BQ supporters feel scrapping the registry is a bad idea, while a majority of Conservatives (58%) feel doing so would be a good idea. There remains a significant divide across gender lines, with men (43%) being more likely than women (34%) to support scrapping the registry.
  • Slightly fewer people believe the registry has not helped reduce gun crime in Canada. Nationally, 48% are of the view that it has not helped reduce gun crime in Canada, while 39% believe it has helped. Last month 36% felt it had helped reduce gun crime, while a majority (53%) disagreed.
  • More than half believe the gun registry does some good and should be kept. Nationally, 52% were of this view, while 9% believe that while the registry does some good, it should NOT be kept. Conversely, 6% believe the registry does not do any good, but should be kept, and 24% believe the registry does not do any good and should NOT be kept.

Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. The most recent data were gathered between September 16 and September 19, 2010. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.