Poll: Majority of Americans support stricter gun laws

HAMDEN, Conn. (WOOD) — A new poll released Thursday shows the majority of Americans support stricter gun laws.

In the poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 54 percent of people surveyed said they supported stricter gun laws compared with 42 percent who said they did not support stricter gun laws. That is the highest level of support ever for the question in the poll’s history.

Those surveyed also expressed widespread support when it comes to people on the government’s terrorist watch list not being allowed to purchase guns. Eighty-six percent supported it compared to 12 percent, according to the Quinnipiac poll. Also 83-percent of those voters live in homes where there is a gun.

Other highlights from the poll show 59 percent of those surveyed say they support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, 47 percent say that would help reduce gun violence while 49 percent say it would not be effective.

The poll also questioned people on if they think a temporary ban on allowing Muslims who are not citizens from entering the United States was a good idea. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for this a number times. Of those who responded 52 percent oppose a temporary ban.

The survey was conducted between June 21 and 27 and included 1,610 registered voters nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percent.

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