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Alaska Dispatch News poll: Gun laws

Editor's note: Daily through Jan. 25, ADN will publish poll results showing how Alaskans feel about topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Donald Trump's transition to crime and the opioid crisis. 

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Alaskans support current gun laws in the United States, which gun-control advocates say are much too lax. According to a public opinion poll conducted among 750 respondents last month for Alaska Dispatch News by Ivan Moore's Alaska Survey Research, a large majority statewide — 60.6 percent — opposed stricter U.S. gun laws, compared to 33.7 percent who wanted more restrictions.

In no region of Alaska were respondents in favor of tougher gun laws, though Democrats and progressives signaled support. Among age groups, the most adamantly opposed to stricter laws were 18- to 34-year-olds, where 73.5 percent opposed changes. Both married and single Alaskans opposed stricter laws, as did men and women, but single women came the closest to wanting change at 41.9 percent.

See the full set of questions and cross tabs for this survey question here. The poll was conducted as part of the quarterly Alaska Survey.

The Alaska Survey is a statewide public opinion survey project consisting of 750 interviews with randomly selected Alaskans aged 18+. 500 interviews are conducted on cellphones, 250 on landlines. With the exception of rural Alaska, all numbers for this study are generated randomly onto the set of active Alaska telephone prefixes, with no calling done to lists or phone book records. Survey completions are apportioned appropriately by geographic area in Alaska, and collected data is weighted to make the sample representative of the Alaska population by gender, ethnicity and age, according to latest Census estimates, and also by land/cell phone status. The full sample of 750 (MOE +3.6%) contains a subsample of 624 registered voters (MOE +3.9%).

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