56% Of Americans Unhappy With Current Gun Laws
Gallup has asked Americans about their satisfaction with national gun regulation almost every January since 2001. 2021’s survey of 547 adults found that a majority, 56%, are overtly dissatisfied with regulations and 42% are satisfied.
Gallup also found that satisfaction with gun regulation is extremely partisan. Republicans and leaning-Republican independents were 69% satisfied while Democrats and leaning-Democrat independents were 22% satisfied.
Gallup then asked a follow-up question to those who said they were dissatisfied to see what they would like to see happen to regulations. 41% of those surveyed are dissatisfied said they want stricter regulations; 8% wanted looser regulations and 7% are dissatisfied but want no change in regulations.
Gallup’s findings reinforce a grim reality of gun regulation that interest usually spikes with mass tragedies. While Gallup’s polling began in 2001, historic mass shootings like Sandy Hook in 2012 and Las Vegas in 2017. President Joe Biden‘s current push for common-sense gun regulations faces staunch opposition from Republicans who have made gun rights a hallmark of their agenda.