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CBS Poll: Support for Tougher Gun Control Slips

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 11:17 AM

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Backing for new gun-control laws is slipping as more time elapses following the Newtown, Conn., shootings in December, according to a new CBS News poll.

The survey of 1,181 adults, conducted March 20-24, shows that 47 percent of Americans think gun laws should be more strict, 11 percent say they should be loosened, and 39 percent say they should be left as they are.

The 47 percent who favor tougher laws represents a 10-point drop from the 57 percent who said the same thing in the days just after the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 children and six educators dead.

In a similar January poll, support for tougher gun laws was 54 percent and in February, the numbers fell to 53 percent, indicating a continuing drop.

As for differences among political parties, 29 percent of Republicans now favor stricter laws, 16 percent favor less-strict laws, and 52 percent say they should stay the same.

Among Democrats, 66 percent want tougher laws, 2 percent say they should be less strict, and 30 percent believe they should be left as they are.

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