Fifty-seven percent of registered voters don’t approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling gun violence, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.
Biden, who during the 2020 presidential campaign pledged to end gun violence, has yet to take any executive action on gun reform since taking office and is facing criticism from both sides of the aisle on the issue following deadly shootings in Boulder, Atlanta and Santa Fe.
The poll, conducted March 26 and March 27, found that just 42 percent of Americans say they approve of the way Biden has handled gun violence in the U.S. More than 8 in 10 Republicans disapprove as well as more than a third of Democrats.
Biden on Tuesday called on lawmakers to reform background checks for gun purchases.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said during an 8-minute televised address.
“The United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass bills that close loopholes in the background check system,” he added.
But with an evenly divided Senate, many are skeptical Democrats will garner the required 60 votes to pass any gun bills into law, which puts even more pressure on Biden to handle things himself.
The ABC News-Ipsos survey was conducted March 26 and March 27, with responses from 517 adults. The margin of error was 4.9 percentage points.
Among independents and Democrats, the consensus is generally in favor of stricter gun legislation, according to the poll, which found that Americans favor “new laws to try to reduce gun violence” by a 2-to-1 margin. More than 9 in 10 Democrats agree on that issue, while only 36 percent of Republicans do as well.
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