Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Assault Weapons Ban

A new Gallup poll shows that 57 percent of Americans oppose a ban similar to the Clinton Gun Ban from the 1990s.

President Bill Clinton signing the 1994 Crime Bill

FILE PHOTO OF PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNING BRADY BILL

President Bill Clinton signing the 1994 Crime Bill, which included the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, commonly known as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.web photo

A recent Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose a ban on so-called "assault weapons."

Gallup has conducted this poll some eight times since 1996, when it was first conducted to gauge public sentiment about the Clinton Gun Ban. The results of the initial poll were the mirror opposite of the most recent one, conducted from October 1 through 10, which indicates that 57 percent of Americans oppose such a ban. At the time the Clinton Gun Ban was initiated, 57 percent were in favor of the action.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the findings split right along party lines. Gallup reports that Democrats were more than twice as likely as Republicans to favor a ban, 56 to 25 percent. This is down from the Democrats' historic high of 61 percent that came on the heels of the Clinton Gun Ban.

However, the public does seem to favor stricter gun laws in general, with another Gallup poll indicating that 61 percent of Americans would be behind greater restrictions, though this is down from 67 percent in March. Once again, this followed party lines, with 87 percent of Democrats supporting such measures, while only 31 percent of Republicans in favor. The same poll indicated that only 28 percent of Americans support a handgun ban.