Obama losing support with voters over his gun control proposals

Katie LaPotin & Jack Butler, Red Alert Politics, June 4, 2013

President Obama is continuing to lose support among the American voters over his gun control proposals, says a new study by Rasmussen Reports.

According to the study, which was released Tuesday, 46 percent of likely voters consider the president’s handling of issues related to gun control to be poor – the highest it’s been since Rasmussen began asking the question back in January. Only 37 percent of voters say that his handling of gun control policies have been excellent or good.

In addition, 53 percent of men and 54 percent of voters who consider themselves not to be Republicans or Democrats believe that the president is poorly handling issues related to gun control.

This represents a near-flip of the results from Rasmussen’s earlier studies on the subject, in which 45 percent of likely voters ranked the president’s handling of gun control issues as good or excellent as late as April.

While public sentiment for gun control legislation grew in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, it has slowly decreased and become a lesser priority for most Americans. The Senate failed to pass its gun control bill back in April, despite attempts to win over Republicans by removing an amendment to ban assault weapons proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

The president has also lost support on his gun control legislation among Millennials. A study conducted by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in April found that 56 percent of young Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of gun violence.

Several states have been successful at passing gun control laws, however, including ConnecticutColorado,Maryland and New York.


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