Public support for new gun control measures is decreasing, according to a USA Today poll
conducted April 18-21.
The survey shows 49 percent of Americans favor a new, more onerous gun control law, while 45 percent are opposed.
In early April, 55 percent supported a stronger gun control law, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. And that was a drop from 61 percent in February.
Most of those who support a bill don’t want to see compromise in it. A total of 61 percent says congressmen "should only agree to a stronger version of the bill, even if it might not pass." Only 30 percent say they should "accept a weaker law" that can win approval.
"So much of the support for gun control is emotional, following the Newtown tragedy," Stuart Rothenberg, publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report, tells USA Today. He was referring to the Connecticut school shooting that killed 26 in December.
"The longer you get away from there, people start thinking of other issues. They start thinking about terrorism or jobs or immigration, and not surprisingly, then some of the momentum behind gun control starts to fade," Rothenberg says.
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