USA Today Poll: Public Support Fades for Gun Control

Support for stricter gun control laws has fallen from 55% in early April to 49% now, according to a poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research for USA Today.



This represents an even bigger drop from the 61% that supported stricter gun control laws in February.

Moreover, the 49% who support more gun control are in a statistical dead heat with those who oppose it--since 45% are opposed to more gun control in a poll with a margin of error of +/- four percentage points.

This poll was conducted over a four-day time period, including April 18 and 19--two days in which the Boston area was on lock-down while law enforcement searched for the bombing suspects. As the USA Today article made clear: "It wouldn't be shocking if people sitting in their homes in Massachusetts cities and towns thought to themselves, 'Boy, I wish I had something to protect with if a terrorist came through the door now.'"


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