A majority of Americans favor stronger gun laws and believe undocumented immigrants should get a path to citizenship, according to a poll released today.
As the Senate prepares to vote on whether to allow gun legislation to be debated, amended and voted on, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey showed 55 percent saying that gun laws should be made more strict. That’s six times the 9 percent who said they should be relaxed. Another 34 percent said the laws should remain unchanged.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and several of his colleagues have said that they will try to prevent a debate on strengthening gun laws following the mass shootings of elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut.
The NBC/WSJ poll also showed 64 percent of Americans approving of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The number grows to 76 percent when respondents are told that those immigrants would first have to pay fines, back taxes and undergo other steps.
Bipartisan groups of senators and representatives are working separately to draft immigration legislation.
The survey of 1,000 adults was taken April 5-8 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.