Fox News Poll on Guns Isn’t What We Expected

Protecting citizens from gun violence should take precedence over protecting gun owners’ rights, a majority of voters said, according to a Fox News poll released Sunday.

It is more important to protect people from gun violence, 53 percent of respondents said in a survey of registered voters, compared to 40 percent who said it’s more important to protect the individual right to bear arms.

There’s broad support for several gun control measures proponents say would reduce gun violence, the Fox poll also found. Just over 90 percent of registered voters said they favor requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales.

Eighty-four percent of voters favored mandatory mental health screening for gun buyers, and 72 percent said they supported raising from 18 to 21 the minimum age to purchase a firearm. Support for banning so-called “assault weapons” — typically understood to mean AR-15-style rifles — was less firm, but a comfortable majority of 60 percent agreed those firearms should be prohibited.

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