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Americans’ support for a complete ban on handguns is lowest on record, According According to a new Gallup poll, gun sales, violent crime and gun violence as part of a wider dip in support for stricter gun control measures increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to a survey of 823 adults living in all 50 states between October 1 and 19, one in five (19%) Americans support a complete ban on handguns in the US, excluding police and authorized persons.

The poll found that it was the lowest level of support since Gallup began voting on the issue in 1980, down six points from the previous year.

While no political party polled indicated majority support for a handgun ban, Gallup did note political differences—40 percent of Democrats were in favor compared to only 14% of independents and 6% of Republicans—in support overall. With the decline came “largely responsible political independents,” which have fallen 16 points since 2019.

A slim majority of Americans support stricter gun control laws — 52% — the survey found, the lowest point since 2014 and down from 67% in 2018 after the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Gallup found that political differences are more pronounced regarding support for strict gun laws, and nearly unanimous support from Democrats (91%) is less than half (45%) of independents and less than a quarter (24%) of Republicans. .

While more Democrats and Republicans supported stricter gun control laws this year—a 6 and 2 point increase, respectively—a 15-point drop in support for independents, compared with a 14-point drop among Republicans a year ago, led to a decline in support. Raised the overall level. Down.

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