Poll: Young Americans Overwhelmingly Support Right to Own ‘Assault Weapons’

A vast majority of young adults under the age of 34 believe that Americans have a right to own an “assault weapon,” according to a new Reason-Rupe poll released Thursday.

Seventy percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 24-34 year-olds indicated the government “should allow the private ownership of assault weapons.”

But a majority of older Americans disagree, with 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 asserting that “assault weapons should be prohibited.”


Republicans and Democrats alike may be surprised at such results, which break with traditionally-held notions that a majority of seniors support the Republican Party, while the youth support the Democratic Party.

Overall, 51 percent said “assault weapons” should be allowed, including 68 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 33 percent of Democrats. Forty-four percent indicated that people “should be prohibited” from owning such weapons.

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  • MudEngineer

    If they just changed the name to what these rifles really are which is semi-automatic rifles, then the poll would most likely have had 70+% saying that they should be allowed.

  • Rocky Mountain

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that young Americans overwhelmingly support unlimited porn and weed as well. Now there’s a demographic to build a society on!

    • as opposed to the demographic who have spent us into oblivion?

  • Wayright2

    Ask this question, “Do you think the government should follow the US Constitution?” Let’s see those results.