CNN Poll: Is support for gun control dipping?
March 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Is support for gun control dipping?

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that support for major restrictions on guns may be fading, three months after the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Although a majority of Americans favored major restrictions on guns or an outright ban in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, when a heavily armed gunman killed 20 young students and six adults, a new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that support has tumbled to just 43%, as more time has passed since that December tragedy.

"Support for stricter gun control has fallen dramatically among two groups - older Americans and people who live in rural areas," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Connecticut, the number of rural Americans who supported major gun restrictions rose to 49% but now that support has dropped 22 points. Support for stricter gun laws dropped 16 points among Americans over 50 years old in that same time."

Among younger Americans, the change is only three points.

Overall, 17% of all Americans believe there should be no restrictions at all on owning guns. Another 38% want only minor restrictions. That works out to 55% who support minor restrictions or no restrictions at all, a gain of nine points since December. Thirty-one percent currently support major restrictions and an additional 12% want to see guns illegal for everyone except police and other authorized personnel.

The poll was conducted March 15-17 for CNN by ORC International, with 1,021 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Is support slipping, or is interest slipping?

    March 18, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    'Support for stricter gun laws dropped 16 points among Americans over 50 years old in that same time."
    That number will change when someone goes on a rampage and shoots up a nursing home with a bunch of senior citizens. Know this America: you reap what you sow. This country, OUR country, has violence in it's DNA. People won't get the message until one of their loved ones is murdered.

    March 18, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. The Mayor of Medinah

    People are coming to their senses about things, and the media has given this news bite crazy public some other things to think about for the minute.

    March 18, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. brasstacs

    Why do stories like this that's being reported in the media always mention Sandy Hook when speaking of gun bans and gun control ??...None of the proposed bans or any of the gun control proposals would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy or any of the other mass shootings...and for the liberal media to keep connecting the two is nothing short of liberal anti gun propaganda.

    March 18, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Diane Feinstein asks that we respect her views on gun control. I have no problem with that as long as she doesn't push to force her views on the rest of us.

    March 18, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Americans tend to forget easily .

    And it Springtime .

    March 18, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Joi Gibson

    I am not surprised. We Americans have short memories and shorter attention spans; and listening to our congressional representatives flapping their jaws is like hearing nails on a blackboard.

    March 18, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Tom

    The knees that were kinked from the jerking reaction are starting to un-spasm. Dianne Feinstein, Leland yee, Darrell Steinberg, Mayor Bloomberg, and all the other 'Stein's' and 'Bergs' are losing respect and support. We will vote their Tookis's out of office when the time comes.

    March 18, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "all the other 'Stein's' and 'Bergs' are losing respect and support"

    Ummmmm.... would you care to amuse us by elaborating? Don't can't possibly do more damage to perception of your opinion after that kind of insinuation.

    March 18, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    When we become a truly civilized and enlightened society, the second amendment will be repealed. The ownership and use of guns should be regulated and licensed like driver licenses and motor vehicles.

    March 18, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |