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2 Out Of 3 Americans Favor Tighter Gun Control, Poll Shows

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Approximately two out of three Americans favor some form of tighter gun control, according to a recent poll from Morning Consult-Politico released Wednesday.

When asked whether they supported or opposed stricter gun control laws in the U.S., 44% said they strongly supported stricter measures while 20% said they somewhat supported the measure, according to the poll. Only 18% strongly opposed stricter gun control measures with an additional 10% of respondents somewhat opposing stricter measures.

The poll surveyed 1,992 registered voters across the U.S. between April 9-12. There was a margin of error of two percentage points.

Respondents were asked whether they support preventing firearm sales to people who have been reported “as dangerous to law enforcement by a mental health provider,” and 64% of respondents strongly supported this gun control measure. Only six percent strongly opposed the measure, according to the poll.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents supported more background checks, mainly subjecting private gun sales and sales at gun shows to background checks. Slightly more than half of respondents, 51%, said they support a mandatory waiting period of three days after a gun is purchased for it to be taken home.

When it came to banning firearms from “all workplace settings” only 39% strongly supported the measure, while 28% opposed the measure to some degree.

TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS - APRIL 08: Rifles are offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports on April 08, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. President Joe Biden today announced gun control measures which included stricter controls on the purchase of homemade firearms, commonly referred to as Ghost Guns and he made a push for national Red Flag legislation and other measures. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS – APRIL 08: Rifles are offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports on April 08, 2021 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Despite the desire from respondents for stronger gun control measures, when asked whether they support repealing the Second Amendment, only 11% strongly supported the measure. Forty-three percent of respondents strongly opposed repealing the Second Amendment and 12% “somewhat” opposed the measure.

President Joe Biden recently announced executive actions related to gun control, saying gun violence in the nation is an “international embarrassment.” (RELATED: Reporter Presses Jen Psaki On Biden’s False Claim About Background Checks At Gun Show)

Biden’s new orders will designate pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles. Another executive action will revamp federal policy surrounding so-called ghost guns, which are self-made firearms.

Biden is also calling on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, requiring background checks at gun shows, and allowing gun manufacturers to be sued for crimes committed with their products.