Gun Control Support High Seven Weeks After Parkland

A new survey finds nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters back stricter gun control laws. Sixty-one percent doubt that Congress will act, however.

Support for stricter gun control laws remains high seven weeks after the mass shooting at a Florida high school, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The poll shows 66 percent of U.S. voters supporting stricter gun control laws, while only 28 percent oppose strengthening the nation’s gun laws, Politico reports. Overall, support for stricter gun laws is greater than in 2016 and 2017, including in the days after the mass murder of 57 concertgoers in Las Vegas last October. It is down slightly from a spike of 70 percent right after the shooting in Parkland, Fl.

In the new poll, the vast majority of self-identified Democratic voters, 85 percent, support enacting stricter gun laws. So do a narrow majority of Republican voters, 51 percent. Among independents, support for stricter gun laws stands at 63 percent. There are signs Republicans are peeling away from the effort to pass stronger gun control laws, said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder. “As the ‘March for Our Lives’ rally garnered widespread media attention, our polling suggests Republican opposition against tougher gun laws has increased in the last few weeks,” Dropp said. “In this week’s poll, 46 percent of Republicans indicated they opposed stricter gun laws, compared to 37 percent who said the same two weeks ago.” Overall, more than two-thirds support banning assault-style weapons. Voters have little optimism that Congress will act beyond the modest changes made in last month’s omnibus bill. A combined 61 percent say the chances of new gun laws passing Congress in the next year are fair or poor.