(The Hill) – The share of Americans supporting tougher gun laws has fallen 9 percentage points since June, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll, released on Monday, found 57% of American adults want tougher gun laws, down from 66% in June following high-profile mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
The latest poll was taken ahead of recent shootings at the University of Virginia and a nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, both of which drew national attention.
Another 32% of respondents said gun laws should be kept as they are now, while a further 10% wanted to see gun laws made less stringent.
Gallup has been polling the national mood toward gun laws since 1990, when it recorded a record 78% of Americans supporting tougher laws for gun sales.
Although the metric has fallen in recent months, it remains well above the all-time high of 43% recorded in October 2011 and among those who supported tougher gun laws a year ago.
Gallup’s latest survey, like those done in the past, found that support for tougher gun laws varies by partisanship.
Eighty-six percent of Democrats, 60% of independents and 27% of Republicans said they want tougher gun laws in the latest poll.
Support within each of the three groups has fallen since June, the biggest drop – 11 percentage points – among Republicans.
In the wake of the Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings, lawmakers passed a bipartisan gun law that included provisions to strengthen background checks on gun buyers under 21, to provide funding to states to implement red flag laws and crack down on straw purchases, among others.
The bill had won the unanimous support of Democratic lawmakers as well as 14 House Republicans and 15 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Gallup survey was conducted between October 3 and October 23 through telephone interviews with 1,009 American adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for the full sample.
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