Most U.S. citizens — Democrats and Republicans alike — favor stricter gun regulations, according to a new poll taken after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The poll, conducted online by National Public Radio and Ipsos from Oct. 10-11, found that 80 percent of those surveyed favored assault weapons bans, as well as bans on bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Around the same percentage also responded in favor of a federal database that would track all gun sales.
A majority of Democrats, independents, and Republicans were in favor of the tighter regulations, but the exact percentage varied from party to party. Approximately 91 percent of Democrats favored banning assault weapons, while around 76 percent of independents and 70 percent of Republicans agreed with the proposal.
The intensity with which people agreed with the proposed regulations also varied from party to party. Some 74 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” an assault weapons ban, while only 48 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents “strongly favored” such a ban.
A proposed ban on bump stocks, devices used by Las Vegas gunman that allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full auto fire, also saw the same sort of variance in intensity. Approximately 76 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” banning bump stocks, while a little more than half of Republicans and independents felts as strongly.
For the poll, a total of 1,006 adults were surveyed from both major political parties, as well as independents. A margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points was calculated for the whole sample. For Democrats, the margin of error was 6.1 percentage points; for Republicans, it was 5.8 percentage points; and for independents, it was 8.2 percentage points.