Sixty-five percent of Californians favor a law that would ban the sales of assault weapons nationwide, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, comes at a time when local, state and federal lawmakers are contemplating new or strengthened firearm laws after mass shootings, including one at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 first-graders dead in December.
The poll asked if people would “support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.” Though 65 percent of respondents support such a law, the backing was higher among Democrats, 79 percent, than Republicans, 45 percent.
The poll also asked how people view the government’s role in regulating firearms. Sixty-five percent of respondents said the government does not do enough.
A majority of people in California also worry about the possibility of a mass shooting in their communities, according to the poll. Sixty-one percent said they are concerned, while 18 percent said they were not worried about such an event.
Californians support law to ban assault weapons nationwide
Government regulation of guns
Worried about a mass shooting in community
The poll included 4,206 adults living in California, and the margin of error rate is plus or minus 3.5 percent.