Two new polls have revealed that support for gun control has dipped, despite the high profile shooting in Charleston last month.
A new CNN/Orc poll found that approval for the way Obama is handling gun policy has dropped to 42 percent, with 53 percent saying they do not approve.
Those figures have fallen from findings registered by CNN following the 2012 Sandy Hook School shootings, when Obama’s approval on gun policy reached 49 percent in December 2013.
Even then the figures represented a dropping off of support for gun control, as gun control advocates had diminished by 10 percent over a year between 2012 and 2013.
The latest findings also come on the heels of new calls by the President for more strict gun control.
The CNN poll found a significant split regarding gun policy approval according to race. A large 61 percent of white Americans disapprove of the president’s gun policies, while 79 percent of blacks approve of the way Obama is handling gun policy.
A separate survey conducted by Suffolk University/USA TODAY has found that the majority of Americans do not want to see gun control as a major point of debate for the 2016 presidential election.
According to the poll, 52 percent say they do not want gun control to be a “significant subject” during the election, with 43 percent saying the opposite.
The poll also found that 56 percent of Americans believe more restrictive gun laws would do nothing to prevent mass shootings.
A further 76 percent said more access to guns would also not prevent mass shootings.
Despite these findings, David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston bizarrely claimed that “There is more desire to tighten than to loosen [gun laws],” in a statement accompanying the release of the poll.
The poll also found that 47 percent regard the shooting as an isolated incident, while only 38 percent believe it is part of a “larger problem of racism” in the country.
Approximately 59 percent said they are of the opinion that the Charleston shooting should not be defined as a terrorist attack. Less than a third said it should be.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.