New Poll: Majority of Americans say gun policies 'extremely important' to midterm vote

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A new poll released Thursday showed a majority of American adults say gun policies were “extremely important” when it came to how they decide to cast their vote in this year’s midterm elections, despite just 8% citing guns as the most important problem facing the country.

The poll, conducted June 1-20 by Gallup, also showed a larger majority of American adults favor stricter gun laws, up from a seven-year low last October, although support for the implementation of more strict measures was largely split along party lines.

The results of the poll come just one month following the tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers, appearing to drive the shift in favor of greater restrictions on firearms.

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According to the poll, 66% of Americans say they support stricter gun laws, up 14 points from the low of 52% in October of last year. 25% said the laws should remain as they are, while just 8% said laws should be less strict.

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