American voters support stricter gun laws by an overwhelming 66 to 31 percent and gun owners approve of them 50 to 44 percent, a new Quinnipiac University National Poll reveals.
It's the highest level of support for firearms control ever measured by the independent, non-partisan polling group and comes just days after 17 were shot dead at a Florida high school.
"If you think Americans are largely unmoved by the mass shootings, you should think again. Support for stricter gun laws is up 19 points in little more than two years," said Tim Malloy, the poll's assistant director.
"In the last two months, some of the biggest surges in support for tightening gun laws comes from demographic groups you may not expect, independent voters, men, and whites with no college degree."
The survey of 1,249 voters conducted Feb. 16-19, also shows that voters:
- Support universal background checks 97 to 2 percent.
- Support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, 67 to 29 percent.
- Support a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases, 83 to 14 percent.
- Believe it is too easy to buy a gun in the U.S. today, 67 to 3 percent.
- Believe if more people carried guns, the U.S. would be less safe, 59 to 33 percent.
- Believe Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence, 75 to 17 percent.
Among white males, 50 to 44 percent support stricter gun laws. White voters with no college degree support stricter laws 58 to 38 percent.
The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.
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