The day Connecticut’s bipartisan gun deal goes to lawmakers in the General Assembly, a new national poll shows 53 percent of Americans say it is more important to control gun violence than to protect gun rights.
The Morning Joe/Marist poll, released Wednesday, said 44 percent of Americans choose gun rights as more important, and 3 percent are unsure. Among gun owners alone, 63 percent choose gun rights, 34 percent choose gun-violence protection, and 3 percent are unsure, the poll found.
Also, according to the poll:
- 60 percent of Americans say laws governing gun sales should be stricter; 5 percent say less strict, 33 percent say leave them the way they are. (In January, a University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll showed that in Connecticut, 64 percent favored stricter gun sales laws, 5 percent said less strict, and 28 percent said they should be kept as they are.)
- 59 percent support laws that would ban the sale of assault weapons; 37 percent oppose, 4 percent are unsure.
- 87 percent want background checks for private gun sales and purchases made at gun shows; 12 percent oppose, 1 percent are unsure.
The poll, conducted March 25 to 27, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.