WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) — A recent poll found that American support for stricter gun laws is at its highest ever following the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 54 percent of Americans support stricter gun laws in the United States, with 42 percent opposing the restrictions. Gun-owning households oppose stricter gun laws by 56 percent, while 39 percent of gun-owning homes support restrictions.
The same poll found that 86 percent of Americans believe people on the government’s terrorist watch list should not be allowed to purchased guns, compared to 12 percent who oppose the ban. About 93 percent of Americans support requiring background checks on everyone who wants to purchase a gun, compared to 6 percent who oppose.
In the United States, an average of 90 people are shot dead daily and 33,000 are killed each year. In the latest mass shooting, 49 people were killed at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12.
Efforts to tighten gun laws have failed in Congress, where last week House Democrats staged a sit-in to protest the lack of action.
The survey of 1,610 registered voters has a margin of error of 2.4 percent and was conducted between June 21 and 27 via landlines and cellphones.