Americans More Polarized on Gun Control: Gallup

Americans More Polarized on Gun Control: Gallup

Photo by Rod Waddington via Flickr. A poll released Monday finds stark differences in partisan support for stricter gun laws in 2020, with a record high from Democrats and a record low from Republicans The Gallup findings suggest views on gun regulation became increasingly polarized during this year’s election season. According to the poll, just 22 percent of Republicans support stricter gun laws, compared to 85 percent of Democrats. The results, from a telephone survey of a sample of 1,035 adult U.S. residents between Sept.30 and Oct. 15, have a margin of error of 4 percent. Although Republicans have historically been in favor of the Second Amendment and Democrats in favor of increased gun regulation, the 63-point difference between the two parties is the “highest on record” in the past 20 years, according to Gallup. Support for stricter gun laws among Republicans saw a 14-point decrease from 2019 and is the “lowest for the group over the past 20 years” says Gallup. In comparison, data showing Democrat or Independent support of stricter gun laws are “near the highest recorded” since 2000, the poll found. Amidst differences, Gallup claims “Americans are less likely than they have been since 2016 to call for increased gun control,” reflecting the lowest level of support for stricter laws overall since 2016. Some 57 percent of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws, a 7 percent decrease from 2019. According to the poll, a majority of American women were in favor of implementing stricter […]

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