The State of the First Amendment 2002 survey shows very broad and rapidly growing support for individual arms rights. For 2002 support for "the right to own firearms" jumped from 64% to 79%, a 23% increase over 1997.
The telephone survey has a sample size of over 1000 adults, is professionally conducted, and appears to be scientifically valid. Survey methodology is detailed at the end of the report.
Here is the data from the State of the First Amendment 2002 survey at:
8. ... the right to own firearms? 1997 2002 Essential 33% 48% Important 31% 31% Not important 33% 20% Don't know/refused 3% 2%Please see the full report at the link above.