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CNN Poll: Support for Gun Control Reaches 25-Year High

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Debby Stout (R) whose daughter was in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed is hugged as she joins with others as they protest against guns on February 17, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images,)

By    |   Sunday, 25 February 2018 11:55 AM

Support for new gun laws hit a 25-year high in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as 70 percent now back gun control laws, a rate matching that of December 1993, according to the latest CNN poll Sunday.

Just 52 percent supported new gun control legislation this past October just after the Las Vegas mass shooting, according to CNN.

Now, just 27 percent oppose stricter laws, according to the latest poll.

The Parkland, Florida, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas has been particularly moving for public opinion on gun control as 64 percent believe government can take action "that will effectively prevent shootings," according to CNN. That figure is significantly higher than polls after other U.S. mass shooting in Las Vegas (47 percent); Orlando, Florida (46 percent), Charleston, South Carolina (35 percent); Newtown, Connecticut (46 percent); and Tucson, Arizona (33 percent).

The CNN report did not include data for opinions after last June's attempted mass murder of Republican lawmakers as a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Other major findings in the CNN poll:

  • 52 percent "strongly" favor stricter gun laws, which is well above the previous high of 37 percent in 2013.
  • 57 percent of gun-owning households even support stricter laws.
  • Broken down by political party: Democrats (93 percent), Independents (64), and Republicans (49 percent support vs. 46 percent opposed).
  • 57 percent fear a family member will be a victim of a shooting.
  • 87 percent support preventing convicted felons and mentally ill from owning guns
  • 71 percent support preventing people under age 21 from buying any type of gun
  • 63 percent support banning sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition.
  • 57 percent support banning semi-automatic rifles.
  • 46 percent have a favorable view of the NRA, while 49 percent hold an unfavorable view, a low since 1995.

The poll, conducted Feb. 20-23, surveyed 1,016 adults with a 3.7 percent margin of error.

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