Poll: Majority Now Backs Major Gun Restrictions
Numbers up across the board after Newtown shooting
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 5:30 PM CST
A gun shop in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – A new poll by CNN and ORC International suggests that most Americans favor major restrictions or a total ban on guns. Barely. In the poll, 52% support such action, up from just under the 50% mark over recent years. Other findings:

  • 46% say government and society can act to prevent future gun violence, up 13 points from January 2011, after the Gabby Giffords shooting. President Obama promises to do just that.
  • 53% say attacks will still happen no matter what action is taken, but that's down from 66% in January 2011.
  • 43% say the Newtown shootings make them more likely to support gun restrictions, up 15 points from after the Giffords shooting.
  • About 60% favor a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles.

"All of those numbers are much higher than they were in a CNN poll conducted in January 2011, indicating that the tragedy in Connecticut may be affecting more Americans more intensely than other recent attacks," says CNN's polling director.

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Dec 21, 2012 6:24 AM CST
CNN is a bunch of fucking liars. I rather trust a cat with salmon.
Dec 20, 2012 10:29 AM CST
Polls are about as reliable as a used car salesman for gathering even the slightest sense of reality. As far as gun control? There may be a passing trend to the notion that less guns would suddenly lead to all the criminal types and mentally ill becoming good, upstanding citizens. If course, this doesn't make any more sense than buying the poll results, lol.
Dec 20, 2012 8:50 AM CST
american media are propoganda outlets for power. power wants guns out of americans hands. the government would be willing to ban guns, 200 million but it can not deport 12 million illegals. the government is truly corrupted for its own ends