Tom Harvey (L) and his wife Pat Powers, of Rockville, Maryland, hold a gun control banner in front of the White House, December 15, 2012, in Washington, DC, in the aftermath of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 26 dead, including 20 children. The gunman, Adam P. Lanza, 20, killed himself at the scene. UPI/Mike Theiler | License Photo
The increase in support for strengthening gun laws is consistent with a December Gallup poll conducted after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.
Gallup's December poll on gun-law preferences found 58 percent of all Americans said gun laws should be stricter, up from 43 percent in 2011.
Results indicated most demographics are at least slightly more likely this year than in 2012 to say they are dissatisfied with gun laws and want them tightened.
Results are based on nationwide phone interviews with 1,011 adults conducted Jan. 7-10. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.