(GunReports.com) — Americans’ dissatisfaction with U.S. gun laws and policies has increased to 55%, nearly matching the high of 57% in 2001, according to recent Gallup polling.
Forty percent are satisfied, down from the historical average of 47% since Gallup began asking this question in this way in 2001.
According to Gallup, Americans’ satisfaction with gun laws ranks near the middle of a list of 19 issues measured in Gallup’s 2014 update of its annual Mood of the Nation survey.
Americans may be dissatisfied with gun laws because they believe they should be stricter, or because they believe the laws are too strict as they are. Therefore, Gallup asks those who are dissatisfied with gun laws to choose among explanations for their dissatisfaction. Those who are dissatisfied have historically leaned heavily in the direction of wanting stricter rather than less strict laws.
But this year, Gallup says, the gap between those wanting stricter gun laws and those wanting less strict laws narrowed as a result of a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans who want less strict laws, now at 16% up from 5% a year ago.
Support for making gun laws stricter fell to 31% from 38% last January.