Nearly Half of Americans Are Opposed to Stricter Gun Laws: Poll

Nearly half of Americans do not support stricter gun laws in the United States and the percentage of those who do has declined significantly over the past seven months.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted from November 11 to 15 has found that 49 percent of U.S. adults are opposed to stricter laws on guns, while 45 percent support them and 5 percent said they didn't know or had no opinion.

There is a significant partisan divide on the issue of gun laws, with Republicans opposing stricter measures by a near 70-point margin and less than 10 percent of Democrats opposing tougher laws.

The poll surveyed 1,378 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of 2.6 percent. Its results were published on Friday.

Quinnipiac's findings showed that 84 percent of Republicans opposed stricter gun laws, while just 13 percent approved.

It was the opposite case for Democrats, with 91 percent supporting tougher laws and just 7 percent opposed.

Among independents, 54 percent opposed stricter laws and 39 percent supported them.

The poll results show a decline in support for tougher gun laws. In April, Quinnipiac found that 54 percent of Americans supported stricter measures, while just 42 percent were opposed.

Those surveyed included 1,262 registered voters and the poll found that support for stricter gun laws had also declined in this group, with 48 percent opposed and 47 percent in support.

The margin of error in results from registered voters was 2.8 percent.

"This is the first time since December 2015 that fewer than 50 percent of voters are in support of stricter gun laws," Quinnipiac University said in its published results. "At that time, 47 percent supported while 50 percent opposed."

However, the poll also found broad support for restrictions "on gun owners who want to carry guns in public places."

Sixty-two percent of respondents said there should be such restrictions and 33 percent said there should not. Nonetheless, there was still a stark partisan divide as 93 percent of Democrats expressed support compared to just 6 percent who were opposed.

Among Republicans, 52 percent opposed restrictions on gun owners carrying guns in public places, while 42 percent supported them. Sixty percent of independents also expressed support, with 34 percent opposed.

The Quinnipiac University poll also asked: "If more people carried guns, do you think the United States would be safer or less safe?"

The survey found that 48 percent of respondents believed it would make the country less safe, while 40 percent believed it would make the country safer, with the partisan divide also in evidence.

A clear majority of Republicans - 70 percent - agreed that more people carrying guns would make the U.S. safer compared to just 17 percent who said it would make the country less safe.

However, 93 percent of Democrats believed more guns would make the country less safe and just 4 percent said it would cause the U.S. to be safer.

The gap was much narrower when it came to independents, with 44 percent agreeing more people with guns would make the U.S. safer and 40 percent saying that would make the country less safe.

Gun Control Supporters Hold Signs
Supporters of gun control hold signs in front of supporters of gun rights during a demonstration by victims of gun violence in front of the Supreme Court as arguments begin in a major case on gun rights on November 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows 49 percent of Americans are opposed to stricter gun laws. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images