Support for Stricter Gun Laws at Lowest Point Since 2016, New Poll Finds

The demand for guns is rising, and the support for gun control is dropping.

Support for stricter gun laws in the U.S. is at its lowest point since 2016 and dropped a full seven percentage points since last year, according to a new survey by Gallup.

Pollsters cite the COVID-19 pandemic, recent social unrest, and the presidential election as the causes of the decline. Gallup also notes that this year hasn’t seen a high-profile mass murder, which often cause support for gun control to rise.

The poll released November 16 estimates that 57 percent of American adults favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms. That number hasn’t been that low since 2016, when 55 percent said they favored stricter gun laws.

This year’s poll also found that 34 percent of Americans believe gun laws should be “kept as they are,” which represents a four percentage point increase since last year. Nine percent of Americans believe gun laws are too strict.

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Gallup first began polling Americans’ views on gun laws in 1990, and has continued that poll with the question, “In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?”

A record-high 78 percent of Americans said in 1990 that gun laws should be more strict. Since then, support for stricter gun control laws steadily fell to a low of 44 percent in 2012. The number spiked that year following the Sandy Hook massacre, and increased again to its recent high of 67 percent following the Parkland massacre.

Support for stricter gun laws varies by demographic with women, coastal residents, and city residents more likely to favor strict gun control measures.

But political party is the strongest indicator of a person’s views on gun laws. Only 22 percent of Republicans believe gun laws should be more strict while 62 percent believe they should be kept as they are. Eighty-five percent of Democrats, on the other hand, believe gun laws should be stricter, and only 13 percent say they should remain the same.

Republicans are also more likely than any other political party to say that gun laws should be less strict (16 percent).

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The percentage of Republicans who believe gun laws should be more strict has never been lower, and the current 22 percent represents a 14 percentage-point drop since last year. The views of Democrats, meanwhile, remained largely the same, dropping only three percentage points since last year.

Gallup also noted that the percent of Americans who say they own a gun has ticked up from 30 percent to 32 percent, though they claim that this change is not “statistically significant.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that about 7 million Americans have purchased a firearm for the first time this year.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Yep yep November 25, 2020, 12:39 pm

    What’s wrong bluedog? Cat got your tongue. LMFAO

  • Blue Dog November 17, 2020, 4:55 pm

    Just wait until the first major shooting after Biden is sworn in (or Harris!). Polls will be showing 70% or more in favor of common sense gun safety legislation again. Gun show loophole, assault weapons ban, hi-cap mag bans, those pistol arm braces that every hillbilly gleefully chuckles about using as a stock on his ersatz SBR… maybe even background checks on ammo! ITAR expansions, NFA expansions… It will be the best thing since the GCA.

    • Yep yep November 20, 2020, 9:32 am

      I say fuck you as this hillbilly chuckles

    • Robdog74 November 20, 2020, 11:40 am

      FUCK YOU AND THE PIECE OF SHIT DEMOCRAT

    • Kane November 20, 2020, 11:53 pm

      “Blue Dog” please provide one, just one, example of a gun law that you recognize that defies “common sense.”?

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