Poll: Gun control support spikes after Orlando

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Support for stricter gun control laws spiked following the Orlando nightclub attack that left 49 people dead and 53 more wounded.

A new CNN/ORC poll found that support for stricter gun control laws increased after the shooting to 55 percent, the highest number since the survey was conducted about a month after the December 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. A poll conducted in the fall found only 46 percent of Americans were in favor of stricter gun control laws.

{mosads}Support was also high for several specific gun control measures, some of which are being discussed in the Senate.

About 92 percent of those surveyed said they wanted expanded background checks, and 87 percent said they would support a ban on owning guns for felons or people with mental health problems. The poll also found that 85 percent of respondents said they would ban people on federal watchlists from buying guns.

Among Republicans, 90 percent said they would support preventing people on the terrorist watchlist or “no fly” list from buying a gun. Among Democrats, 85 percent said they would favor the measure.

Still, only slightly more than half of respondents said they would support banning assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition clips.

The poll found that support for stricter gun control laws generally falls along party lines. According to the poll, 78 percent of Democrats support stricter laws, but only 29 percent of Republicans favor tougher laws. Among independents, 53 percent support stricter laws.

The survey was conducted among 1,001 adults from June 16 to 19. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.


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