CNN Poll: Opposition to Gun Control Grows Following Oregon Shooting

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On October 21, a CNN/ORC poll showed that opposition to expanded gun control is higher after the attack on Umpqua Community College (UCC) than before the attack.

According to the poll, 52 percent of Americans now oppose gun control, which is up 3 percentage points from where gun control opposition registered in June. And the 52 percent of current opposition is up 8 percentage points from where opposition to gun control was just one month after the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Forty-six percent of Americans polled by CNN support more gun control, while six percent were indifferent.

In response to a poll question that asked if carrying guns “makes public places safer,” a plurality of Americans–35 percent–answered in the affirmative.

Moreover, seventy-five percent of respondents said it is important that any new gun control proposals have the support of “elected officials from both Democrat and Republican Parties” before being implemented. This is a crucial point in the wake of the UCC shooting, especially because President Obama responded to the shooting by hinting at gun confiscation, then talking about signing a new executive order to unilaterally put more gun control in place.

If the CNN poll is any indicator, 75 percent of the American people oppose these kinds of actions.

The CNN poll shows that a majority of independents–56 percent–oppose more gun control following the UCC attack. And Republican opposition to gun control is at 76 percent. Democrats continue to be the driving force behind the minority in support of gun control, with 74 percent of Democrats favoring more gun laws.

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