Support For Stricter Gun Laws Drops Under 50%, Poll Finds — Lowest Rate In 16 Years

Support For Stricter Gun Laws Drops Under 50%, Poll Finds — Lowest Rate In 16 Years

Topline Less than half of Americans say they support stricter gun laws, a new Quinnipiac poll suggests, the lowest level of support since 2005, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue a major ruling that could roll back gun control laws nationwide. Supporters of gun control and firearm safety on December 2, 2019. AFP via Getty Images The Quinnipiac poll, conducted November 11-15 among 1,378 U.S. adults, found 45% back stricter gun laws, while 49% oppose them. That’s down from 54% support for stricter laws in April, Quinnipiac noted, and marks the first time less than 50% have supported more stringent rules since December 2015, when 47% were in favor of them. Republicans primarily drove the opposition to harsher laws, with only 13% in support of stricter laws versus 91% of Democrats, and women were far more likely to back increased restrictions than men (57% support stricter laws versus 33% of men). A 48% plurality believed the U.S. would be less safe “if more people carried guns,” however, though 70% of Republicans believed it would be safer. Though more Americans may favor less restrictive laws, a 62% majority still believe there should be restrictions on gun owners when it comes to carrying firearms in public places. That includes even 42% of Republicans, 45% of gun owners and 51% of those with a gun owner in their household. Just 43% of respondents said real firearms should be banned from film and television sets, after actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot […]

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