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Graphic shows result of Ipsos survey following Texas mass school shooting.


Americans favour changing gun laws

By Duncan Mil

May 27, 2022 - A Reuters/Ipsos poll in the wake of the latest U.S. mass shooting finds that Americans support regulations on gun ownership but do not have much optimism that politicians will respond.

Ipsos finds that two-thirds (66%) of Americans believe gun ownership should have solid or moderate regulations or restrictions. Just one in three (35%) Americans are confident that their elected representatives will do something this year to strengthen gun laws in the United States.

Three in four (73%) Americans agree that America has more mass shootings than any other developed country and 65% agree that there are so many because of how easy it is to get guns.

Most Americans support laws such as limiting the sale of automatic weapons, 72% support raising the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21, and 77% oppose allowing any adult to purchase firearms without a background check or waiting period.

Almost eight in ten (79%) Americans say they are more likely to support a politician who promotes passing background checks and red flag laws for all new gun purchases. Nevertheless, 51% of Americans also agree that any new firearms control laws would eventually result in the government trying to take everyone’s guns, and 61% say they are more likely to support a candidate who supports Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to own firearms.

Ultimately, 68% of Americans are more likely to back a political candidate who supports the right to own firearms and supports laws limiting easy access to guns.

PUBLISHED: 27/05/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images