In a new poll released Thursday, a majority of American adults showed gun policies were “extremely important,” with only 8% saying guns were the most important issue facing the country when it came to deciding how to vote in this year’s midterm elections. .
Poll, Held by Gallup from June 1-20Most American adults are leaning toward tougher gun laws, rising from a seven-year low last October, although support for more drastic measures is largely divided by party ranks.
Poll results come just a month after the tragic mass shooting of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which appears to have changed in favor of greater restrictions on guns.
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According to the poll, 66% of Americans support tougher gun laws, up 14 points from a low of 52% in October last year. 25% said the laws should remain the same, while 8% said the laws should be less stringent.
The results showed a clear split along the party lines with 94% of Democrats supporting tougher laws, while only 66% said Independents and 38% Republicans supported.
55% of seniors said Congress would be willing to enforce existing laws as well as pass new gun laws, a new record level. Even those who say they support the new laws are mostly party-wise, with 86% in favor of Democrats and only 57% with Independents and 24% with Republicans.
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55% said gun policies were “most important” when it came to their vote in the midterm elections, while 27% said it was “very important”, one of the most stunning numbers in the poll.
Together 82% are the highest recorded by Gallup since 2000.
With 65% of Democrats, 54% of Republicans and 48% of Independents saying gun policies were “the most important” for their vote in November, the split in party ranks for the last question was much smaller than before.
In August 2019, the poll found that support for the “Assault Rifles” ban had dropped from 61% to 55%. However, the poll did not provide a definition of the “assault rifle” that usually occurs. Incorrectly mixes with semi-automatic guns.
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In addition, only 27% of Americans in the poll are law enforcement and are prohibited from possessing handguns other than “authorized persons”.
A special poll conducted earlier by Fox News in June also showed bipartisan support for a series of gun reform laws and stricter gun laws to reduce mass shootings. The Fox Poll also shows that voters see inflation as a major election issue of 41% in the mid-2022s, with the gun issue second only to 12%.
Fox News’ Victoria Ballara contributed to the report.