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NEW BATTLEGROUND POLL: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Overwhelmingly Popular

Washington DC — Today, GIFFORDS, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, released new polling conducted with Global Strategy Group that shows overwhelming support for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act—the first major gun safety legislation passed in nearly 30 years. 

Peter Ambler, GIFFORDS Co-Founder and Executive Director:

“Last year, lawmakers found the courage to act in the wake of the tragic mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, and put the safety of their constituents ahead of the gun lobby’s wishlist by reaching across the aisle to pass lifesaving, commonsense legislation. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was the first step taken in nearly 30 years to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States. This poll shows President Biden and Democratic allies can — and should — run and win gun safety and their bipartisan policy achievements. Ending gun violence is a top concern of voters across the country, and pro–gun safety candidates need to be running on this popular policy—because when they do, they win.”

Key Findings:

  • The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act has the support of 76% of voters in battleground states and they want to see more gun safety laws. The majority of Democrats (88%) and Independents (66%), and nearly half Republicans (42%) want to see stronger gun laws. 
  • Leading with messaging on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gets Democrats on the right side of crime. After introducing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, key metrics associated with voting for Biden in 2024 shift strongly in his favor. Because of this, the number of voters who believe that Biden is working to reduce crime and gun violence increases by 22-points.
  • Hearing about the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act improves the standing of this already popular law. Despite the fact that the law is already extremely popular, voters increasingly support the act after hearing more about it (85% support, +9 from initial). And voters strongly back crucial components of the law, like making gun trafficking a federal crime (62% strongly support), strengthening background checks on gun purchasers under the age of 21 (57%), and making straw purchasing a federal crime (54%).


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