President Joe Biden is continuing to his push to ban so-called “assault weapons” as part of a broader anti-gun agenda.
Yet in what may come as a nasty shock, recently polling data suggests that support for such a move is now at its lowest point in almost a decade.
Most respondents blame mass shootings on mental illness and family breakdown
As The Washington Free Beacon noted, a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University among registered voters between June 3 and June 6 found that 45% favor a ban on semiautomatic rifles.
“This is the lowest level of support among registered voters for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons since February 2013 when the question was first asked by the Quinnipiac University Poll,” the poll stated.
It added, “The highest level of support among registered voters for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons was in a Quinnipiac poll on February 20, 2018 when 67 percent supported a ban and 29 percent opposed.”
Quinnipiac also pointed out that although “41 percent of Americans think the United States should pursue limiting the number of guns in the country, 55 percent do not think so.”
When asked what is the primary cause of mass shootings, 40% of respondents said mental health problems while another 17% cited family instability. Only 19% believed the problem lies with the availability of firearms.
Biden continues to see abysmal approval numbers
Guns aren’t the only subject on which the survey had bad news for the president, as it also shows that he remains deeply unpopular with voters.
The poll found that just 33% approve of how he has handled his job as president compared with 55% who express disapproval. What more, it showed Biden having alarmingly low support from traditionally Democrat-leaning groups.
His approval rating among Hispanics is reported to be just 24%, the lowest found among any of the three racial groups listed. Meanwhile, just 49% of African American voters were found to voice support for the president.
Biden’s handling of the economy got even worse reviews, with a mere 28% approving of his track record on that issue.
What’s more, the survey contained bleak news for Democrats on Capitol Hill, as it gave Republicans a four-point advantage ahead of this year’s midterm elections.