That’s the percentage of Americans who say that President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence are “about right,” according to the Pew Research Center.
That’s a plurality position in the survey taken Jan. 17-20. Thirty-one percent of respondents, including a majority of Republicans, said Obama’s gun proposals “go too far,” while 13 percent said his proposals don’t go far enough. The remaining 17 percent didn’t answer the question or said they didn’t know.
Obama announced 23 executive actions on Jan. 16 to reduce gun violence, including some that are designed to streamline access to government data for background checks. The president also wants Congress to ban high-capacity magazines and semiautomatic assault-style weapons. A 1994 ban on certain types of assault-style weapons expired in 2004.
The Pew survey underscores how Americans are divided on how to curb gun violence, more than a month after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 elementary school students and six staff members.
Any proposals to restrict gun ownership will be opposed by the National Rifle Association and are unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House. New regulations on gun ownership face an uncertain future in the Senate, which includes some members from the Democratic majority who are up for re-election in rural states with large populations of gun-owners.
“Decades of congressional inaction on gun-control measures suggests Obama’s agenda could easily be undercut,” Bloomberg News reporters Heidi Przybyla and Lisa Lerer wrote on Jan. 17.