New UT/TT poll shows more Texas voters support stricter gun laws

Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows a small majority of Texas voters prefer stricter gun laws, but some draw a line at more restrictive options.

A little more than half of all Texas voters said they believe gun control laws should be more strict, with a higher favorability coming from Texas women.

Gun control laws should be…

  • All Texas Voters
    • More strict: 51%
    • Left as they are: 28%
    • Less strict: 13%
    • Don’t know: 8%
  • Men
    • More strict: 43%
    • Left as they are: 32%
    • Less Strict: 19%
    • Don’t know: 6%
  • Women
    • More strict: 57%
    • Left as they are: 24%
    • Less strict: 8%
    • Don’t know: 11%

The poll shows overwhelming support for background checks. In addition to 93% of Democratic voters, 74% of Texas Republicans support implementing background checks on all gun sales.

Do you support background checks for all gun purchases?

  • All Texas Voters
    • Support: 81%
    • Oppose: 13%
    • Don’t know: 6%
  • Democrats
    • Support: 93%
    • Oppose: 3%
    • Don’t know: 4%
  • Republicans
    • Support: 74%
    • Oppose: 21%
    • Don’t know: 5%
  • Independents
    • Support: 73%
    • Oppose: 18%
    • Don’t know: 9%

In terms of more restrictive laws, Texas Republican voters stick with the more popular party positions. When asked about a potential ban on assault weapon sales, 57% of Republicans said they would oppose it.

Do you support banning sales of assault weapons?

  • All Texas Voters
    • Support: 59%
    • Oppose: 33%
    • Don’t know: 8 %
  • Democrats
    • Support: 86%
    • Oppose: 9%
    • Don’t know: 5%
  • Republicans
    • Support: 35%
    • Oppose: 57%
    • Don’t know: 8%
  • Independents
    • Support: 56%
    • Oppose: 28%
    • Don’t know: 16%

A similar poll was conducted in February and since then the number of Texans who wish to loosen gun control laws has dropped. About 5% fewer Republican voters and about 13% fewer Independent voters support less strict gun control laws.

Read more at the Texas Tribune here.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

A History of Mass Violence Investigation

More Texas Mass Violence

A History of Mass Violence Investigation

More Texas Mass Violence

Trending Stories

Don't Miss