Despite President Donald Trump saying "there is no political appetite" on Capitol Hill for an assault-weapons ban, the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll found 69% of voters support a ban, including 57% who "strongly support" one.
Just 23% of voters in the poll opposed banning assault weapons after a spate of mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed at least 31 in potentially politically motivated gun violence.
Although Democrats are most in support of banning assault weapons, Independents and Republicans do so now, too, per the poll:
- Democrats 86%.
- Independents 65%.
- Republicans 55%.
Still, in President Trump's view, the sentiment is not shared among lawmakers in Congress.
"There is a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks," President Trump told reporters before departing for El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday morning. "And I think we can bring up background checks like we've never had before.
"I think both Republicans and Democrats are getting close to a bill on to doing something with background checks."
President Trump is correct on doing something after the most recent deaths, as the poll revealed:
- 73% support stricter gun laws, including majorities among Democrats (91%), independents (70%) and Republicans (54%).
- 91% support background checks on all gun sales, while just 5% oppose.
- 89% want to block gun sales to people reported as dangerous to law enforcement by mental health providers, while 6% oppose.
- 84% want to ban people convicted of violent misdemeanors from purchasing guns.
- 83% say gun purchases should be limited to those 21 and older.
- 80% say there should be a mandatory three-day waiting period to take a gun home.
- 72% support banning high-capacity magazines.
Despite those figures, just 39% say it is very or somewhat likely Congress passes gun laws in the next year, while a 52% majority say it is not very likely or not likely at all.
Support for gun legislation is rising, along with the propensity to blame President Trump for mass murder events.
"Voters are more inclined to hold President Trump responsible for mass shootings following this weekend's gun violence in Dayton and El Paso," Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair said in a statement. "Notably, 30% of voters say they blame President Trump 'a lot' for mass shootings, compared to 21% who said the same after the Parkland school massacre."
The Politico/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,960 registered voters Aug. 5-7 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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