New Poll Shows Support for New Gun Control Dying

Katie Pavlich

3/26/2013 8:48:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

A new poll conducted by CBS News shows support for new gun control laws has dropped.

Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws kept as they are, and another 11 percent want them made less strict.

Partisans hold different views on gun control laws: 52 percent of Republicans want the laws kept as they are, while 66 percent of Democrats want stricter laws (down from 78 percent in February). Half of gun owners themselves want gun laws overall kept as they are, but a quarter call for stricter laws.

Women (55 percent) are more likely than men (39 percent) to want stricter laws, as are those living in the Northeast. Only 44 percent in the Midwest and South want stricter laws; 47 percent in the West.
 

This poll comes two weeks after Senator Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban was killed as stand alone legislation and after legislation criminalizing the private transfer of firearms was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on party line votes.