Obama is really going to be ticked when he finds out about this.
Americans’ support for banning assault weapons, once near-universal, is now at a record low, a new survey shows.
President Barack Obama renewed his call for such a ban earlier this month, saying in a speech that the U.S. needs “to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.”
But in a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday morning, just 45 percent want to ban the weapons, down from 80 percent in 1994.
Support for such a ban has decreased in the past two decades, though a majority still backed one as recently as two years ago.
“The increase in opposition to banning assault weapons since 2013 peaks in some groups — up 18 points among strong conservatives, 17 points among higher-income earners and 16 points in the generally more liberal Northeast. But it’s a broadly based trend,” pollster Gary Langer noted.
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