Posted October 21, 2019 11:00 am by Comments

By Tom Knighton

Polling has long been an important part of the political process. It’s how we know what support a proposal has. For example, we know people hate a law because the polling tells us so.

Politicians use polls to tell them what measures are safe to back and which aren’t. Oh, sure, there’s often some underlying principle. If not for them, then for their constituents. It’s why GOP lawmakers rarely back gun control regardless of polling.

However, let’s make no mistake. The polling says that support for gun control appears to be growing.

The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

The study, released this week, indicates that while a solid majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, support remains split down party lines. Eighty-six percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said gun laws should be stricter than they are today, compared with 31% of their Republican counterparts.

Large majorities of Democrats and Republicans somewhat or strongly support barring people with mental …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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