Almost 7 in 10 support stricter gun laws: poll

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans in a new poll support a tightening of U.S. gun laws following a mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday finds that support for stricter gun laws now sits at 68 percent among registered voters, compared to just 25 percent who say they oppose tightening restrictions.

The poll also revealed wide support for raising the age required to purchase an assault-style weapon to 21. Eighty-two percent of voters said the age to purchase such a weapon should be raised to 21, and 81 percent support all firearm purchases requiring this minimum age.

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Support for gun control is also growing among Republicans, pollsters found, with 53 percent of GOP respondents saying they support tougher gun laws, compared to 37 percent who said the same after an Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016.

"Republican support for tougher gun laws is at its highest point since Morning Consult and Politico began tracking the issue," Morning Consult pollster Kyle Dropp told Politico.

Voters are largely pessimistic, however, when it comes to whether Congress will act to address mass shootings. Just 31 percent of voters say there is a "good" or "excellent" chance that Congress addresses gun laws this year, while another 27 percent said there was a "fair" chance Congress would address the issue. Thirty-two percent said the chances Congress passes stricter gun laws are "poor."

Voters still say that protecting gun owners is more important than limiting gun ownership by a 46 to 42 percent margin. And more voters trust Republicans over Democrats, 41 to 37 percent, when it comes to gun issues.

Lastly, the poll finds voters split on President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE's proposal to arm teachers to prevent or deter school shootings. Fifty percent of Americans support such a plan, while 42 percent of voters are opposed.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll contacted 1,992 registered voters between Feb. 22-26. It carries a margin of error of 2 percentage points.