Poll: Trump, Congress not doing enough to prevent mass shootings - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Poll: Trump, Congress not doing enough to prevent mass shootings

More than three-quarters of those surveyed say Congress could do more and 62 percent say the same for President Trump. (Source: CNN) More than three-quarters of those surveyed say Congress could do more and 62 percent say the same for President Trump. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) – Most Americans believe President Donald Trump and Congress aren’t doing enough to prevent mass shootings, a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.

More than three-quarters of those surveyed say Congress could do more, and 62 percent say the same for Trump.

The poll of 808 adults was taken Feb. 15-18, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting in Florida that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A majority believes more effective mental health screening and treatment, along with stricter gun control laws, could have prevented the Parkland, FL, shooting.

More than seven in 10 across all major political lines support improved mental health efforts, according to the poll.

The same can’t be said for gun control. While 58 percent of Americans back stricter gun control laws, there’s a strong partisan divide:

  • Democrats – 86 percent
  • Republicans – 29 percent
  • Independents – 57 percent

Public opinion may be making its way to Washington DC, as Trump announced this week that he supports congressional efforts to improve background checks for gun purchases.

Copyright 2018 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • School shooting in TexasSchool shooting in TexasMore>>

  • Parkland siblings detail #NeverAgain inception in new book

    Parkland siblings detail #NeverAgain inception in new book

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-06-19 22:51:34 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-06-22 20:33:04 GMT
    In a new book, Parkland shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg offer a gripping account of the massacre that killed 17 and a look at the grassroots March For Our Lives movement that mobilized hundreds of...More >>
    In a new book, Parkland shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg offer a gripping account of the massacre that killed 17 and a look at the grassroots March For Our Lives movement that mobilized hundreds of thousands to rally for gun reform.More >>
  • Report says over 1 billion small arms in world, up from 2007

    Report says over 1 billion small arms in world, up from 2007

    Monday, June 18 2018 5:10 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:10:56 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 04:14:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016, file photo, handguns are displayed at a trade show in Las Vegas. A new study by the Small Arms Survey released Monday, June 18, 2018, of small arms estimates there are over 1 billion legal and...(AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016, file photo, handguns are displayed at a trade show in Las Vegas. A new study by the Small Arms Survey released Monday, June 18, 2018, of small arms estimates there are over 1 billion legal and...
    A new survey of small arms estimates there are over one billion legal and illicit firearms in the world today including an overwhelming 857 million in civilian hands _ with American men and women the dominant owners.More >>
    A new survey of small arms estimates there are over one billion legal and illicit firearms in the world today including an overwhelming 857 million in civilian hands _ with American men and women the dominant owners.More >>
  • Victims had protective order against Tallassee murder-suicide suspect

    Victims had protective order against Tallassee murder-suicide suspect

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:52 AM EDT2018-06-20 14:52:33 GMT
    Law enforcement is focused on a white SUV that's covered with a large sheet. (Source: WSFA 12 News)Law enforcement is focused on a white SUV that's covered with a large sheet. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Police have released the names of the victims and suspect in a shooting that left three people dead outside the Tallassee Walmart Tuesday morning.

    More >>

    Police have released the names of the victims and suspect in a shooting that left three people dead outside the Tallassee Walmart Tuesday morning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.