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How Has Support for Gun Control Changed?

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

In every major election since 1992, Vote Smart has measured all candidates' positions on major issues, including gun control.


Over the past eight years, support for gun control measures among federal candidates nationally has steadily increased to just over the 50% mark.

In the 2010 congressional elections, 35.6% of all candidates supported gun control legislation. That percentage rose to 54.5% of candidates supporting gun control legislation in the 2018 congressional elections.



Democratic candidates' support for gun control legislation has risen substantially, now approaching the 100% mark (69.1% in 2010 to 96.0% in 2018). In the same time period, Republican candidates' opposition has remained virtually the same, with only 8.6% in 2010 to 9.2% in 2018 supporting such legislation.

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