- Two in three Americans say gun violence is a crisis or major issue, and nearly as many support stronger gun laws to address the problem.
- Majorities say police brutality is a crisis or major issue and think big changes are needed to the way police operate in the United States.
- More than three in five continue to identify as pro-choice, and this support extends to keeping early medication abortion care legal.
Two in Three Call Gun Violence a Crisis or Major Issue, and Majorities Support Stronger Gun Laws
A majority of independents (52%), four in ten Republicans (41%), and 47% of those in gun-owning households continue to say gun laws in the U.S. “should be stronger.”
Three in Five Call Police Brutality a Crisis or Major Issue; More Worry Too Little Will Be Done to Reduce It Than Too Much
Nearly as many Americans describe police brutality as “a crisis” or “a major issue” (61%) as describe gun violence in the same terms (66%).
- There has been a 27-point increase among independents in the net share who are more concerned too little will be done about police brutality (from net -10 “too little” in June of 2020 to net +17) and a 15-point increase among Republicans (from net -55 to net -40).
Two in Three Americans Think Big Changes Are Needed to the Way Police Operate
By large margins, independents agree that “we need to change the way police operate in this country” (net +59) and 67% say that “very big change” or “big change” is needed.
Majorities of Americans Continue to Be Pro-Choice and Say Abortion Should Be Legal
Nearly two in five Republicans (39%) say they are “pro-choice,” and three in four Americans believe that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself (75%).
Majorities Continue to Perceive Threats to Abortion Rights at the National and State Levels
Nearly seven in ten Americans (69%) say the right to an abortion in the U.S. is “at risk.”
- A large majority (67%) of those living in states with new restrictions following the overturning of Roe say the right to an abortion is at risk in their state, while a plurality in states without new restrictions say the right to an abortion in their state is secure (42%).
Three in Five Think Early Medication Abortion Care Should Remain Legal
Clear majorities of Democrats (78%), independents (60%), and every racial group think early medication abortion care should remain legal, along with a plurality of Republicans (43%).
About The Study
Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 998 registered voters from February 9-February 13, 2023. 99 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 74 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 99 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 99 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.