Polling News

Americans and the Gun Control Debate

March 01, 2018

The debate over gun control has ramped up in the wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida shooting.  What do Americans consider the main causes of mass shootings?  According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 57% of all adults consider mass shootings to reflect “problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems,” while 28% say they reflect inadequate gun control laws, 9% say both, and 2% say neither.

Breaking down the demographics, 80% of Republicans, 33% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, 58% of those ages 18-29 years old, 58% of those 30-64 years old, and 53% of those 65 years old or older say these tragic shootings reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health issues.  Eleven percent of Republicans, 52% of Democrats, 23% of independents, 27% of those ages 18-29 years old, 28% of those 30-64 years old, and 29% of those 65 years old and up think inadequate gun laws are the cause.

President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and other elected officials have started the conversation on what state and federal government must do to address these horrific tragedies and prevent them in the future.  Meanwhile, there are those in the political sphere and media that use these heartbreaking events to push a particular agenda.  These numbers reflect Americans – of all ages and political backgrounds – desire an honest, comprehensive discussion that focuses on causes and solutions.

Related PollingNews

Placeholder polling news
August 06, 2020 |
Polling News
According to Gallup tracking, American’s ideological identification has shifted since the first half of the year.  ...
Placeholder polling news
July 30, 2020 |
Polling News
As the media reported on protests across the nation, especially in Portland this week, they also covered this week’s House Judiciary show trial hearing. Democrats attacked Attorney General Barr, blaming the administration for interfering with “peaceful” d...
Placeholder polling news
July 23, 2020 |
Polling News
The head-to-head ballot between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will change over the next 103 days until the general election, as their campaigns progress and national events shift the political environment. ...
Placeholder polling news
July 16, 2020 |
Polling News
In 2018, the number of women in the House of Representatives and Senate increased by 4%, most of them Democrats.  ...
Button karlsbooks
Button readinglist
Button nextapperance