This is consistent with Scott Alexander’s analysis of the growth of a “Grey Tribe” as a third force in U.S. politics, beyond the “Red Tribe” and “Blue Tribe,” that regards the state rather than either traditional in-groups or traditional out-groups as the primary enemy.Apparently, the Grey Tribe is growing faster than I would have thought.
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Pew says its survey, conducted during the first week of this month, also found that well over half of Americans said that owning a gun protects people from crime.
“Do you think that gun ownership in this country does more to… ”
|Protect people from becoming victims of crime||Put people’s safety at risk|
“Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57 percent) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38 percent say it does more to endanger personal safety. In the days after Newtown, 48 percent said guns do more to protect people and 37 percent said they placed people at risk.”
The most dramatic shift in opinion took place among black Americans, according to the nonpartisan Pew. In December 2012, only 29 percent of black respondents said owning a gun helps protect people from crime, but this year, 54 percent said so.
Many women also changed their view, Pew says, citing the 51 percent who said owning a gun protects people from becoming victims of crime in 2014, compared with only 40 percent who said so in 2012.
For the most recent survey, Pew says it spoke to 1,507 people 18 years of age or older, spread among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. While about 600 interviews took place on landline phones, around 900 were conducted on cellphones.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
In a comparison of gun violence statistics from 1993 and the current decade that we reported on last year, both Pew and the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the U.S. had experienced a sharp drop in the rate of gun homicides and other violence, despite population growth.
The researchers used 1993 as a reference point because it’s seen as the height of gun violence in America; they also noted that gun-related violence fell sharply in the 1990s and more gradually in later years.
But Pew also noted that many Americans didn’t seem to agree with the numbers. A survey found that only 12 percent of respondents thought the gun crime rate was lower than it was in 1993 — and 56 percent thought it was higher.
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