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Poll Shows Increased Support For Gun Control After Connecticut Shooting


Following last Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 26 people, including 20 children, the results of a CBS News poll released Monday night showed that a majority of Americans now favor stricter gun control laws.

The poll found that 57 percent of Americans now say gun control laws should be made more strict, while 30 percent think the laws should be kept as they are. Just 9 percent think gun laws should be less strict.

The percentage of Americans that now say they want stricter gun control laws is up from 39 percent in April and at its highest level in a decade.

CBS News noted that 47 percent of Americans supported stricter gun control laws after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January of 2011, but support dropped off in polling conducted about a year after the incident.

Despite the increase in support for stricter gun control laws, the poll found that 50 percent of Americans think that stricter laws would have had no effect on preventing the violence in the school in Newtown.

Twenty-six percent said stricter laws would have done a lot to prevent the violence, while 16 percent said it would have done a little.

The poll found that 78 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of Independents want stricter gun control laws. Meanwhile, a plurality of Republicans (41%) wants gun laws to be kept the same.

Support for stricter gun control laws is strongest in the Northeast and West, while those in the Midwest and South are less likely to back stricter gun control laws.

The survey of 620 adults was conducted December 14th through 16th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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