A new Rasmussen Reports national phone and online survey shows most voters do not believe additional gun control laws will prevent mass shootings. Fifty-one percent of likely voters said they do not think stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like Tuesday’s incident on a Brooklyn subway.
Thirty-eight percent said they think stricter gun control laws will help prevent mass shootings. Eleven percent said they are not sure.
Forty-three percent of voters said they support stricter gun control laws, but 50 percent disagree.
Of those polled, 59 percent said they do not think it is possible to completely prevent mass shootings. Twenty-two percent said they believe it is possible to prevent such shootings.
Unaffiliated voters tend to lean toward the Republican position on the issue. Thirty-eight percent of unaffiliated voters said the U.S. needs stricter gun control laws. While 65 percent of Democrats agree only 23 percent of Republicans agree. Sixty-one percent of Democrats said stricter gun control laws would help prevent mass shootings, but only 32 percent of unaffiliated voters and 18 percent of Republicans agreed.