Even as Congress prepares to vote on gun control legislation, public support for stricter gun laws has fallen from 57 percent after the Newtown massacre to 47 percent in a new poll.
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As Congress prepares to vote on a comprehensive gun control bill next month, a poll released Tuesday shows that public support is waning for restrictions on gun ownership.
According to a CBS News poll, less than half the public (47 percent) now supports stricter gun control laws, compared with 57 percent in late December following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Those who say they want less strict gun regulation (10 percent) has hardly wavered in that time period, although those who want current gun laws kept as they are has increased four percentage points, from 30 to 34 percent.
The poll of 1,181 adults across the country was conducted March 20-24 and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The Newtown massacre, which left 20 children and six adults dead, ignited a national debate over harsher restrictions on guns, particularly assault weapons. However Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada announced this month he was excluding an assault weapons ban from a wider gun bill because he determined it would not garner the votes needed to pass.