Poll: Dissatisfaction rising in U.S. gun laws
January 14th, 2013
07:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Dissatisfaction rising in U.S. gun laws

Washington (CNN) - One month since December's deadly shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, a new poll shows the percentage of Americans who say they're dissatisfied with America's gun laws has spiked.

The Gallup survey released Monday showed 38% of Americans are dissatisfied with current gun regulations, and want stricter laws put in place. That's a thirteen point jump from one year ago, when 25% expressed that view.

While women were more likely to say they were in favor of stricter gun laws, the change in attitude from 2012 was more apparent in men – the figure jumped seventeen points among men, and ten points among women.

Expectedly, a partisan divide was also evident. Only 18% of Republicans favor tighter gun control laws, a 12 point increase from last year. Sixty-four percent of Democrats (up 22 points from 2012) want more restrictive gun laws.

A plurality of respondents – 43% - remained satisfied with current laws, though that figure was down seven points from the 2012 poll. Another 5% said they were dissatisfied with current laws and wanted regulations that were less strict.

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden – who has led a White House task force charged with finding ways to reduce gun violence – will present his proposals to President Barack Obama. One of the measures he's expected to put forward is a reinstatement of an assault weapons ban.

On Monday Biden meets with members of a House Democratic task force on guns, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services.

Monday's Gallup poll was conducted by telephone between January 7-10 from 1,011 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Stop the madness! 30,000 gun related deaths and over 8,000 homicides due to gun shots each year. This is a disgrace when compared to other highly developed industrialized democratic nations like Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, and Norway.

    January 14, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Aaron

    Less than forty percent want stricter gun control laws? That's still not the majority, and I would wager a good guess that a significant portion of our society has never spent more than five minutes in the federalist papers or examining the reasoning behind the second amendment. Maybe we should call for stricter drone control laws, since we've killed over 100 children overseas (3 -4x as many as Sandy Hook) as "collateral" damage. Does a child overseas matter less than a child here?

    January 14, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    More gun laws for what? Bad people break laws. thay could care less about a new gun law. When they fill like breaking into my home and hurting my family,guess what? That new gun law wont stop them. But guess what? My 38snub will.

    January 14, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Some of these survivalist bunker heads remind of Klingons.

    January 14, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. 2012liberal

    How about congress actually doing there jobs n allowing appoints 4 directors 4 ATF, medicare and hundreds of other seats 2 get filled. GOP has always half a'&ed the govt and how its ran. Then they cry govt doesnt work but only b cuz they dont want it 2. As long as they make it look inefficiate then govt gets the blame and not the party. I hope country is now seeing that!

    January 14, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. v_mag

    There was a more interesting statistic on NPR this morning. It reported that a gun in the home is 43 times more likely to be used on the owner or a family member than on an intruder. All those weapons packed away in homes as security are in fact killing the very people who live in those homes through suicide and murder. Ironic, no?

    So, given that fact, what will happen in schools when the NRA gets its way and we put armed guards in every one of them? More, not less children, will get killed in school.

    The same people that say we can never get rid of all the murder weapons also tell us we CAN deport 12 million illegal aliens. But remember: Australia has gotten rid of them, and the gun crime rate has fallen dramatically. Is the US somehow less than Australia?

    January 14, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Any one who has brain backs for GUN-CONTROL LAW. NRA is bunch of idiots sold out to gun lobby and gun companies that greedily make 12 billion dollars a year. Democracy raise your voice. All say "Audi alterum partum". Right of being heard. God bless!!!

    January 14, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |