For the first time since its inception, a CNN/ORC poll finds that most Americans do not believe current gun laws make it “too easy” for Americans to buy guns.
When asked, “In your view, do existing laws make it too easy for people to buy guns, too difficult, or are they about right?”, 49 percent of respondents said “about right.”
Forty-one percent of respondents said current law made it “too easy” for people to buy guns and 10 percent said they made it “too difficult.” Only 1 percent of respondents had no opinion.
The poll has asked the question periodically since 1989. This is the first time that less than 56 percent of respondents have said guns are “too easy” to buy. In August 1993, 70 percent of respondents had answered guns were “too easy” to buy, the poll's all-time high.
As opposition to new gun laws has increased, approval ratings for President Obama's handling of gun policy have decreased. The CNN poll found that 59 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the president has approached gun laws while 35 percent approve. That represents a 7-point drop in approval and a 6-point increase in disapproval since CNN last asked about gun policy back in June.