Ninety percent of registered voters are in favor of requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers, while 81 percent say they would favor allowing police to temporarily take guns away from people who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
Additionally, 67 percent are in favor of banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons – up from 60 percent in 2018. Democrats, though, sit at 86 percent while Republicans split 46-46 percent on a ban.
The poll was conducted August 11-13, about a week after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead and dozens more injured.
The poll also found:
- 35 percent of voters say lack of gun laws and access to guns is a reason mass shooting happen more often in the United States than other countries
- 42 percent say the federal government can do a great deal to reduce gun violence in the U.S.
- 42 percent believe it is not at all likely that Congress will pass gun legislation this year
- 71 percent think the U.S. government has the ability to reduce gun violence
- 37 percent approve of President Donald Trump’s response to the shootings
- 46 percent think the Trump administration has made the country less safe from mass shootings