The majority of respondents in a new poll backs a ban on sales of assault weapons, but is against mandatory buyback programs.

The Monmouth University survey found that 56 percent approve of a ban on assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, while 38 percent oppose it. 


Pollsters also found that 53 percent disagree with implementing a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons owned by private citizens, compared to 43 percent who support it.

Both measures have the support of most Democrats, according to the poll, while most Republicans are against the proposals. Independents are split on the ban, but against the buyback program.

The survey also found backing for other types of gun reform — support for background checks is at 83 percent, 75 percent of respondents approve of red flag laws that allow family or friends to petition against a person's gun ownership and 62 percent endorse the creation of a database to register all guns in the United States.

These percentages are consistent with polling the university took in March 2018, one month after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Trust in President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE to "do the right thing on gun policy" has dropped 4 percentage points to 42 percent in the new survey, while about 52 percent do not trust the president to solve the dispute over guns.

An overwhelming majority of National Rifle Association members — 76 percent — are confident in Trump, they noted.

The survey of 800 American adults was conducted from August 16 to 20, before 22 people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Its results have a margin of error of 3.5 percent.