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Poll: 60 Percent Say Trump, Congress Not Doing Enough to Stop Mass Shootings

Poll: 60 Percent Say Trump, Congress Not Doing Enough to Stop Mass Shootings
People visit a makeshift memorial setup in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 19, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:51 AM

More than 60 percent of Americans say President Donald Trump and Congress are not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals.

The poll was conducted following the shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Here is how it breaks down:

  • 62 percent say Trump is not doing enough to stop mass shootings, compared to 29 percent who say he is.
  • 77 percent say Congress is not doing enough, while 19 percent say it is.
  • 50 percent support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, compared to 46 percent who oppose it.
  • 77 percent say the high school shooting in South Florida could have been prevented with more effective mental health screening and treatment, while 16 percent disagree.
  • 58 percent say it could have been prevented by stricter gun control laws, compared to 37 percent who disagree.
  • 57 percent say mass shootings are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, while 28 percent blame inadequate gun control.

The poll, conducted Feb. 15-18, surveyed 808 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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