In a Fox News telephone poll conducted March 18-21, 2018, voters found the rights of gun owners secondary to protecting citizens from gun violence.
By a 13 point margin, 53 percent to 40 percent, respondents consider safety through stricter gun control measures more important than gun enthusiasts’ fight to maintain existing laws unchanged.
However, voters also feel Congress and President Donald Trump will fail to take any action. 54 percent stated they disapprove of the presidents actions on guns while only 40 percent approve.
Congress fared even worse in the poll of voters. 38 percent consider it “extremely” important for Congress to pass gun legislation, but only 7 percent think it is “extremely” likely to happen.
Voters supported almost all of the gun control measures presented for consideration as part of the poll, some by a very large percentage.
Poll participants were given six potential gun reform options to approve or disapprove:
- Requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers, including those buying at gun shows and private sales
- Requiring mental health checks on all gun buyers
- Raising the minimum legal age to buy all guns to 21
- Putting armed guards in schools for protection
- Banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons
- Allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds