A new poll finds bipartisan support for tougher gun laws, but big partisan gaps on the intensity of that support — not to mention sizable gaps in knowledge about gun facts.
80% of Americans support bans on assault-style weapons. 90% support tougher background checks.
But the share who were in favor, as well as the intensity of their agreement, varied by party — sometimes widely. For example, 91 percent of Democrats, along with 76 percent of independents and 70 percent of Republicans, said they are for banning assault-style weapons.
However, 74 percent of Democrats “strongly favor” this kind of restriction, as opposed to “somewhat favoring” it, compared to only 48 percent of Republicans “strongly” in favor and 45 percent of independents who said so.