Poll: Americans overwhelmingly prioritize gun control over ownership rights

Poll: Americans overwhelmingly prioritize gun control over ownership rights

Seventy percent of Americans think enacting new gun control laws should take precedence over protecting ownership rights, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll out Sunday.

Why it matters: The findings indicate widespread support for stricter gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The big picture: On the flip side, 29% of respondents believe protecting the right to own a wide variety of guns should be a higher priority than enacting new gun control laws, the poll suggests.

  • The gap between the two positions has widened by 9 points since March 2021, when the same poll found that 66% of people favored new gun control laws, while 34% preferred protecting gun ownership rights.

The results were split along partisan lines, with 90% of Democrats and 75% of independents surveyed prioritizing new gun laws. Fifty-six percent of Republicans in the poll said protecting gun ownership rights takes priority.

  • Thirty-five percent of respondents approved of President Biden’s handling of gun violence, an increase from when the question was asked in January and December.

State of play: Both parents and children are concerned about gun violence in schools, according to a new CBS News poll released Sunday.

  • Among parents of school-aged kids, 72% described themselves as very or somewhat concerned about the possibility gun violence at their children’s schools.
  • A large majority of parents of school-aged children described themselves as sad, scared, nervous and angry in the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
  • Nearly one-third of parents said their children worry « a lot » about gun violence at school, and more than half of the parents surveyed said their children felt scared and sad in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.

Worth noting: Seventy-two percent of respondents in the ABC News/Ipsos poll said they viewed gun violence as extremely or very important in determining their votes in the upcoming midterms.

  • Seventy-four percent of those surveyed saw gas prices as extremely or very important, while taxes (67%) and abortion (63%) were also standout issues.

Methodology: This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted June 3-4 by Ipsos using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. The poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 542 adults age 18 or older. The margin of sampling error is ±4.8 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample of adults.

This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted June 1-3 with a nationally representative sample of 2,021 U.S. adults. The margin of sampling error is ±2.6 points at a 95% confidence level.

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