Support for several – though by no means all – gun control measures has increased since last week’s shootings in Orlando, Florida. More than eight in ten in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll now favor criminal and mental background checks before guns can be purchased, two in three support a national gun registry, and for the first time in the poll half of the public would like the Centers for Disease Control to conduct research on gun violence.
Support for some of these measures was high in 2011, but dropped beginning in 2013. It has now risen again.
Although the Senate rejected increased background checks before gun purchases, mostly due to opposition from Republican Senators, this is a proposal on which there is only a small partisan difference. 89% of Democrats and 77% of Republicans favor expanding criminal and mental background checks to all gun purchases, including private sales and at gun shows.