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Poll: Record Support for Stricter Gun Laws

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 02:02 PM

More Americans support stricter gun laws than ever recorded by a Quinnipiac University poll, the latest of which was released Thursday.

Most voters, both Republican and Democrat, support additional restrictions on firearms, such as a ban on modifications to a semi-automatic weapon that would increase the fire rate close to that of an automatic weapon. Most Americans, including most Republicans, believe it's possible to have gun laws that don't interfere with gun rights.

Voters support:

  • Stricter gun laws, 60 percent to 36 percent
  • Modifications ban, 73 percent to 25 percent
  • Background checks, 94 percent to 5 percent
  • Mandatory waiting period, 79 percent to 19 percent
  • Assault weapons ban, 64 percent to 32 percent
  • Ban selling guns to those convicted of violent crime, 86 percent to 12 percent
  • Stricter regulations on ammo sales, 58 percent to 38 percent
  • Ban on high-capacity magazines, 64 percent to 34 percent

"The Las Vegas massacre echoes though a survey that shows American voters want stricter gun laws and a ban on high-capacity clips and bump stocks, the device that makes a lethal weapon even more lethal," Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director, said in the release detail.

The poll also found that most voters think President Donald Trump and his administration did enough to assist Texas and Florida after both were hit by hurricanes, but most said he and his administration haven't done enough for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

  • 57 percent said Trump did enough for Texas, 27 percent disagree.
  • 57 percent said he did enough for Florida, 26 percent disagree.
  • 36 percent said he did enough for Puerto Rico, 55 percent disagree.
  • 52 percent said he does not care about Puerto Rico's problems, 43 percent disagree.

Voters also were apprehensive about Trump's approach to North Korea, with more saying they have more confidence in "top national security and diplomatic officials” than in Trump.

  • 57 percent do not have confidence in Trump on North Korea.
  • 65 percent have confidence in security and diplomatic officials.
  • 54 percent believe the U.S. will resolve the situation diplomatically.
  • 29 percent say the U.S. will use force.
  • 65 percent said the U.S. should use diplomacy.
  • 30 percent said negotiations are pointless.

"Voters don't have confidence in President Donald Trump to handle North Korea, but they're hoping other members of the Trump team will step up," Malloy said.

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