Utah voters say stricter gun laws, better mental health screening are the best ways to stop mass shootings

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Just over a third of Utah voters say stricter gun control laws would be the most effective way to prevent mass shootings in the U.S. according to a new Utah Political Trends survey. Just over one out of every 10 said more guns in society is the best prevention.

The poll, from UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics, asked what the most effective action that could be taken to prevent mass shootings in the U.S. The survey found:

  • 35% believe stricter gun control laws are the answer
  • 29% would like to see better mental health screening and support
  • 17% say more emphasis on religion and morality in society is the best prevention for mass shootings
  • 13% said allowing more private citizens to carry guns for protection is the best deterrent.
  • Only 2% said banning the sale of violent video games is the solution. The same number called for more security in public places or restricting speech on social media platforms.

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The survey was conducted from August 22 to September 2, 2019, among 1,044 registered voters with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. You can see more about our polling methodology here.

Two high-profile mass shootings in August raised hopes among anti-gun violence groups that Congress and President Donald Trump would find a legislative compromise to

As we’ve found with most of our polls on gun issues, there’s a fairly broad gender gap.

  • 39% of women say stricter gun control laws are the best way to prevent mass shootings, but only 32% of men believe so.
  • 17% of men say allowing more private citizens to carry weapons will solve mass shootings, but only 7% of women feel that way.

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Democrats are more apt to believe that stricter gun control laws will solve mass shootings, while Republicans point to better mental health screening and more emphasis on religion and morality in society.

83% of “strong” Democrats, 66% of moderate Democrats and 70% of independent voters who lean Democrat say stricter gun control laws are the solution to mass shootings. Only 5% of “strong” Republicans, 11% of moderate Republicans and 13% of independent voters who lean Republican feel the same way.

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Independent voters are evenly split over whether stronger gun control laws or better mental health care are the best solutions for mass shootings.