April 19, 2014

Support for stricter gun control fades

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After polls showed support for increased gun laws hit a high after the tragedy at Newtown, CT it would seem that support is starting to fade (even with VP Biden claiming the President might use an EO to deal with gun laws). This comes on the heels of Senator Harry Reid (D) announcing that an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control bill. Below is key points of the polling as well as the official polling as well. Key points show the 10% drop in support of stricter laws across the board. Democrats and Republicans continue to have different views on if we need new laws or if we should keep current laws.

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New polling shows support for stricter gun control is fading

Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws kept as they are, and another 11 percent want them made less strict.

Partisans hold different views on gun control laws: 52 percent of Republicans want the laws kept as they are, while 66 percent of Democrats want stricter laws (down from 78 percent in February). Half of gun owners themselves want gun laws overall kept as they are, but a quarter call for stricter laws.

Women (55 percent) are more likely than men (39 percent) to want stricter laws, as are those living in the Northeast. Only 44 percent in the Midwest and South want stricter laws; 47 percent in the West.

With support for new gun control laws starting to drop it would seem that our current laws are here to stay. With a Congress that is split within the chamber it seems the chances of stricter laws in the next 2 years are very slim, though anything is possible in Congress.

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Source: CBS News Gun Control Polling

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