By Eli Yokley
June 15, 2022 at 6:00 am ET
As Congress moves closer than it has in years to passing gun safety legislation following the recent mass shootings in Texas and New York, a new Morning Consult/Politico survey shows voter support for gun control has reached a new high.
The durability of support for stricter gun control measures in the weeks since the Uvalde shooting comes as Congress continues to press ahead with legislation on gun and school safety.
The House has passed a package of bills directly related to guns that is a nonstarter in the evenly divided Senate, where a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including 10 Republicans, enough to potentially overcome a filibuster — is drafting a narrower legislative response that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) likened to a “few single important steps” on a “thousand-mile journey.” The lead Democratic negotiator on the legislation, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, is pushing for passage before the July 4 congressional recess, and legislative text may be released later this week.
The latest survey, along with previous research that found a majority of voters support a range of gun restrictions, suggests there is political will among voters for Congress to go further despite the posture of most Republican lawmakers. For example, 80% of voters, including 73% of Republicans, support requiring purchasers of assault-style weapons to be at least 21 years of age.
The latest Morning Consult/Politico survey was conducted June 10-12, 2022, among a representative sample of 2,005 registered U.S. voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.