A Fox Information ballot discovered that 61% of People help a ban on assault weapons

  • A brand new Fox Information ballot discovered that 61% of registered voters within the US desire a ban on assault weapons.
  • Damaged down by political occasion, 84% of Democrats favored a ban, in comparison with 36% of Republicans.
  • Greater than half of ballot respondents mentioned they’re apprehensive about changing into a sufferer of gun violence.

Sixty-one p.c of People help a ban on assault weapons within the nation, in keeping with a brand new Fox Information ballot launched Friday.

Following a number of mass shootings in 2023 — together with one at an elementary faculty in Nashville and one other at a financial institution in Louisville — Fox Information polled 1,004 registered voters nationwide through telephone from April 21 to April 24 on their ideas about weapons in America. The ballot had a sampling error of three share factors.

On Tuesday, Washington state banned manufacturing, importing, distributing and promoting assault weapons.

Within the Fox Information ballot, 87% of respondents mentioned they favor requiring felony background checks on everybody who desires to buy a gun and 80% mentioned they need psychological well being checks on gun patrons nationwide. Eighty p.c mentioned they need police to have the ability to take weapons away from those that are thought of a hazard to themselves or others, a regulation generally known as red-flag legal guidelines.

A overwhelming majority of these polled, 81%, mentioned they needed the age to legally purchase a gun within the US to be raised from 18 to 21 years outdated.

Seventy-seven p.c mentioned they favor implementing a 30-day ready interval for all gun purchases. On Thursday, the dad and mom of the 25-year-old who opened fireplace at an Previous Nationwide Financial institution in Louisville mentioned a ready interval would have been useful in stopping their son who was capable of buy a gun in simply 40 minutes days earlier than the incident.

people gather around a man signing a bill into law on a desk

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee indicators Home Invoice 1240, which prohibits the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of semi-automatic assault-style weapons within the state, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, on the Capitol in Olympia.

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When these polled usually, 45% mentioned they suppose extra residents ought to carry weapons to guard themselves, however 52% opposed that concept. Damaged down by political occasion, a small 27% of Democrats polled mentioned individuals ought to carry weapons with them, in comparison with 61% of Republicans.

Equally, 84% of Democrats favored banning assault weapons versus 36% of Republicans.

Half of these polled (51%) are “extraordinarily or very involved” that they or somebody they love will probably be a sufferer of gun violence, together with 44% who reside in a house with a gun. The ballot discovered that the priority is larger amongst youthful voters, dad and mom, those that reside in city areas, and nonwhite voters.

Of those that are apprehensive about changing into a sufferer of gun violence, 67% mentioned they imagine stricter gun legal guidelines will make the US safer.

General, practically half of voters polled (43%) suppose stricter gun legal guidelines would make the nation safer whereas 25% disagreed. Thirty-one p.c mentioned they do not suppose stricter gun legal guidelines will make a distinction.

A February Gallup ballot confirmed related outcomes: It discovered that 63% of People are dissatisfied with present gun legal guidelines whereas 34% are happy. The variety of Republicans versus Democrats happy with the present gun legal guidelines was a lot larger. Democrats polled at solely 14% happy — a file low, Gallup mentioned.