Americans may be convinced that the federal government needs to pass stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy last December, but that doesn’t mean they approve of how their commander-in-chief is going about it.
A new CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 52 percent of Americans now disapprove of how President Obama is handling gun policy in the U.S., up slightly from 49 percent in January. Forty-five percent of Americans approve of the president’s measures, while three percent are undecided.
The president is really struggling to win over independents with his gun control proposals, as they disapprove of his gun control policies 60 percent to 37 percent.
Obama has campaigned heavily in the past few weeks to pass his gun control reforms, including making stops in Denver last Wednesday and Hartford, Conn. on Monday to deliver stump speeches on the issue. This week the Senate plans to debate gun control legislation drafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), which includes expanded background checks for gun sales, more federal funding for school security programs and plans to make gun trafficking a federal crime. Several Republican senators, including Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, have threatened to filibuster the bill, however.
In addition, several states, including Connecticut and Maryland, have passed sweeping gun reform bills in recent weeks that include bans on assault weapons. Sen. Reid’s bill does not include a measure banning assault weapons.
A CBS poll released late last month found that overall support for stricter gun control in the U.S. has dropped by ten percent since December, despite the fact that a Quinnipiac poll conducted last week found that Americans strongly support mandatory background checks and a ban on assault weapons.
The CNN poll of 1,012 adult Americans was conducted April 5-7, 2013. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.