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Majority of Americans support next president pushing tighter gun laws: poll

Fifty percent of those who took the survey support President Obama's executive actions on gun laws.

Firearms are shown for sale at the AO Sword gun store in El Cajon, California, JanuarReuters

Half of allAmericanssupportPresidentBarack Obama's executive actions onguncontrol, a Reuters/Ipsospollfound on Tuesday, with amajoritysaying they would supportthenextpresidenttaking additional steps to tighten federalgunlaws.

Obama, frustrated with inaction from lawmakers, ordered strictergunrules last week that he can impose without Congress' help, angering Republicans who say he is overstepping the boundaries of his office.

Fifty percent of those surveyed said theysupported Obama's executive actions. More than 80 percent of those from his own party said they were in favor of his steps, while 72 percent of Republicans opposed them and said his successor should try to dismantle them.

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Guns have become a potent, polarizing issue in U.S. politics. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, a right that is fiercely defended. Congress has not approved majorgun-control legislation since the 1990s.

Respondents from both partiessupportmore research into the causes ofgunviolence, thepollshowed. Nearly 80 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans said they wouldsupportthenextpresident, who takes officenextJanuary after the Nov. 8 election,pushingfor more research.

Republicans are split on efforts to tightenguncontrol more broadly. Forty-four percent of thosepolled said thenextpresidentshould work to tighten federalguncontrol laws, while 49 percent were opposed.

Sixty-three percent ofAmericansoverall said they would like to see thenextpresidentpush for strictergunlaws.

The survey of 1,559Americanswas conducted from Jan. 8 to 12, with a credibility interval of 3.2 percentage points.

 

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