Six in 10 Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be, a percentage that has nearly doubled since 2000, according to a new Gallup poll.
The number was 35 percent, 14 years ago. It went up to 42 percent in 2004 and 47 percent in 2006, before billowing to 63 percent in 2014, according to the poll. The percentage who believe guns in homes make them more dangerous has also been on a decrease since 2000, when it was 51 percent; it now stands at 30 percent.
Republicans (81 percent) are about twice as likely as Democrats (41 percent) to believe having a gun improves home safety — and about half of Democrats think a gun makes it more dangerous, while only 15 percent of Republicans think this.
Gun ownership at home has consistently fluctuated over the years — ranging from a low of 34 percent in 1999 to a high of 51 percent in 1993, but has held steady around 40 percent for the last decade.
Forty-two percent of Americans report having a gun in their home this year, according to the Gallup poll, mostly in the South (51 percent) and the Midwest (44 percent).