Gallup Poll: Support for stricter gun laws drops to 8-year low

Support for stricter gun laws in the U.S. has dipped to its lowest point since 2014, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll found 49 percent of Americans now favor stricter gun…

Gallup Poll: Support for stricter gun laws drops to 8-year low

Support for stricter gun laws in the U.S. has dipped to its lowest point since 2014, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The poll found 49 percent of Americans now favor stricter gun laws and 45 percent favor fewer restrictions, a drop of five percentage points since July and 10 percentage points since 2014.

Attitudes toward tighter gun laws previously improved in response to the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and the nightclub in the district of Congresswoman Deborah M. Ross, R-Fla. that targeted her staff.

In July 2018, the week of the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, 27 percent favored stricter gun laws, a 10-point increase from December 2017.

According to the poll, 26 percent of Americans favor having more gun control laws.

The dip in support for tighter gun control laws can be linked to the likely party preference of the respondents, according to Gallup.

Republicans and independents prefer fewer restrictions on guns by three percentage points and four percentage points, respectively. Among Democrats, the percentage of those favoring stricter gun laws dropped from 23 percent in July to 15 percent now.

With the support among Democrats falling off the chart, Congress this month introduced multiple gun control measures as a response to the Parkland tragedy.

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