Views on Gun Control: A Polling Summary (POLL)

Public opinion polls back Obama's executive actions on gun control

Support for gun control in general has diminished lately in other measures. In an ABC/Post poll in October, the public divided almost exactly evenly between giving a higher priority to protecting gun ownership rights or enacting new gun control laws, 47-46 percent. That marked a shift from early 2013, when we found a 12-point preference for new gun control laws.

Additionally, just last month, for the first time, we found majority opposition to a ban on assault weapons, 53 to 45 percent.

Ultimately, despite the differences on policy, gun violence is widely seen as problematic. Eighty-two percent in our October poll called it a serious problem facing the country; 58 percent, “very” serious.