WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A new poll released by Gallup shows the majority of Americans do not support stricter gun laws.
The poll shows the amount of Americans who support stricter gun laws went down from 58 percent in 2012 to 47 percent this year. The data from 2012 was collected shortly after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The lowest measured support for stricter gun laws was in 2011, when only 43 percent of those polled supported them.
The decreasing interest in gun control comes as Washington state is about to vote on a controversial gun law. Initiative 594 will be voted on Tuesday, and it would require a background check for all firearm sales.
Organizations like the NRA have launched expensive campaigns in an attempt to defeat the initiative. Recent polling shows it is likely to pass, with 60 percent in favor.
The Gallup poll claims Democrats are more likely to support gun laws.