This paper was originally presented at the Midwestern Association of Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL, on November 20, 1982. The authors would like to thank Walter Gantz and Donald Kinder for comments on that presentation.
Support for Gun Control: the Influence of Personal, Sociotropic, and Ideological Concerns1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 13, Issue 5, pages 392–405, October 1983
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Tyler, T. R. and Lavrakas, P. J. (1983), Support for Gun Control: the Influence of Personal, Sociotropic, and Ideological Concerns. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 13: 392–405. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1983.tb01747.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two random telephone surveys were conducted-one in Evanston, Illinois and one in Morton Grove, Illinois-to assess the motivations underlying public support for handgun control. The data from both surveys suggested that such support was linked most strongly to citizen beliefs about the effect of a handgun ban on the overall crime rate. Little support was found for either the suggestion that gun control opposition is linked to concerns about personal protection against crime or for the suggestion that views about gun control are part of a more general ideological orientation.