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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – June 2018: Views Towards Older Adults and Access to Guns

This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll asked the public about access to guns among seniors. Nearly half (47 percent) say they have an older relative, over the age of 65, who has a gun in their home. Yet, few of these individuals report being worried that their relative will have a gun-related accident. Few (7 percent) say they are either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that their senior relative will have a gun-related accident while the vast majority say they are “not at all worried” (81 percent) or “not too worried” (11 percent).

About Half Have a Senior Relative with a Gun at Home; Few Are Worried They Will Have a Gun-Related Accident

Methodology: Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll was conducted from June 11-20, 2018 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,492 adults. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (319) and cell phone (1,173). The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample. For results based on subgroups, the margin of sampling error may be higher.

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