Former President George W. Bush and his successor, President Obama, at the April 25 dedication of Bush's library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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June 12, 2013 For the first time since 2005, Gallup's polling shows Bush's "favorable" rating exceeding his "unfavorable" number. The polling firm says it's normal for Americans' opinions of former presidents to improve over time.
Guns on display at a show in Chantilly, Va., in July 2012.
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April 1, 2013 Immediately after previous shootings, polls shifted somewhat — then trended back toward earlier levels. A look at recent polls shows that happening again for the most part.
A Sig Sauer handgun on sale at a shop in Tucker, Ga.
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December 20, 2012 The latest Pew poll shows a slight upward shift in the percentage of Americans who say it's more important to control gun ownership than it is to protect the right to own guns. But deeply felt feelings appear to be limiting the change.
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A gun shop in Glendale, Calif.
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December 15, 2012 Polls showed little change in attitudes after the killings at Virginia Tech and a Colorado movie theater. The murders of 20 small children and six adults at an elementary school, though, might be so shocking that they'll move opinions. That's what happened after the April 1999 Columbine attack.
May 8, 2012 While support has risen since the mid-1990s and opposition has declined, for the past two years the split has been close to 50-50.
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