Fox News’ new poll – 67% of U.S. public supports an assault weapons ban

/ 12:06 AM August 17, 2019

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A new Fox News poll shows that 67%, or two-thirds of the U.S. public supports a ban on assault weapons.

Among people who identify as Democrats, 86% favor a ban on automatic and semiautomatic weapons, while Republicans are split right down the middle — 46% support, 46% oppose.

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Among Republican women, one of the key swing voting blocs heading into 2020, a majority (54%) support an assault weapons ban, while just 36% oppose it. Even a majority of people in gun-owning households (53%) support an assault weapons ban.

The last assault weapons ban in the United States expired in 2004, after being enforced for a decade. Efforts to renew it in 2004 failed, as part the continuing fallout from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to CNN.

President Barack Obama pushed for a renewal of the assault weapons ban during his term, in 2013 after more than two dozen people including 20 children, were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. A Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the effort.

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