Of those surveyed between October 7 and 11, 56 percent said safer, 41 percent said less safe and 3 percent had no opinion. The poll was conducted in the wake of the Roseburg, Oregon, community college shooting that left nine dead and seven seriously injured.
As for universal background checks on all gun purchases using a centralized database, 86 percent of those polled said they were in favor. Despite a vast majority agreeing on checks, the poll did not find consistent answers when asking about the relationship between background checks and mass shootings. The poll surveyed 1,015 adults by phone across the United States. It has a margin of error of 4 percent.