Gallup Poll Shows Gun Policies are Significant for Midterm Voting

In spite of the fact that only 8% of Americans feel that guns are the most pressing issue facing the nation, a majority of American adults say that gun policies were “very significant” in determining how they would vote in this year’s midterm elections, Fox News informed.

A bigger majority of American adults, up from a seven-year low in last October, now support stronger gun legislation, according to a Gallup survey conducted from June 1 to 20. However, support for the execution of more stringent measures remained mostly divided along partisan lines.

The results, which came just one month after the devastating mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed, seem to have sparked the move in favor of tighter gun control regulations.

According to the survey, 66 percent of Americans want stricter gun legislation, up 14 percentage points from the poll’s October 2016 low of 52 percent.

Only 8% of respondents said laws should be made less stringent; 25% said they should remain the same.

The results revealed a pronounced partisan divide, with only 66 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans preferring tighter laws compared to 94 percent of Democrats who supported them.

A record-high 55 percent of Americans said they would prefer that Congress implement new gun rules in addition to enforcing existing ones.

Republicans made up just 24 percent of those who said they favored new laws, while the independents made up 57 percent. The number of Democrats that wanted new laws for gun safety is set at 86 percent.

One of the poll’s most startling findings revealed that 55% of respondents thought that voting on gun laws would be “extremely significant,” while 27% indicated that it would be “very important.”

Since 2000, Gallup has not seen a combined percentage as high as this 82 percent.

In contrast to the earlier questions, the last one had a much smaller partisan divide, with 65% of the Democrats, 54% of the Republicans, as well as 48% of the Independents stating that gun laws will “extremely influence” their voting decisions in November.

The study also revealed that over time, support for outlawing “assault firearms” has decreased, falling from 61 percent in August 2019 to 55 percent today.

However, the poll did not include a definition of an “assault rifle,” which is a term that is frequently misused to refer to semi-automatic weapons.

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