( – According to an August 25 poll, support among GOP voters for restrictions on guns has fallen one year after the House of Representatives passed bipartisan gun safety legislation. The poll, which was conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 32 percent of GOP voters surveyed said they would like more gun control in the United States. This number represents a significant decrease from the 49 percent reported by the same pollster in July 2022.

In addition to Republicans, the poll found that independents’ support for a more expansive bill on this issue also dropped from 72 percent in 2022 to 61 percent this year. The number remained the same among Democrats, as 92 percent of those surveyed expressed support for stricter gun laws in 2022 and in the August 25 survey.

The poll was published a couple of days after official statistics revealed that the United States had over 400 mass shootings in 2023. Democratic leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have claimed more gun control as a way to solve this issue.

The survey also found strong bipartisan support for implementing background checks for every potential gun purchaser in the United States. The poll showed that 93 percent of Democratic voters were in favor of it, as were 68 percent of Republicans.

Moreover, it also revealed stronger bipartisan support for taking measures to prevent mass shootings. The survey pointed out that 85 percent of all Americans believe it’s crucial to prevent these incidents as much as possible, including 81 percent of GOP voters and 95 percent of Democrats.

Finally, the survey revealed that 7 out of 10 Americans support the courts’ efforts to prevent people who have been considered a danger from owning a gun, even if they haven’t been convicted of any crime. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said they want to prohibit the sale of AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, while 42 percent said they support regulations that would allow trained teachers and administrators to carry firearms at schools.

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