Poll: Huge Majority Of Latinos Back Stricter Gun Laws

Polls conducted in the months since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. have consistently found solid nationwide support for tougher gun laws, and a survey released Friday showed that Latino-Americans are no exception.

In fact, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll indicates that Latinos are clamoring for stricter gun measures more than most groups in America. According to the poll, 70 percent of Latinos believe that “that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict,” while just five percent believe they should be made less strict and 22 percent believe they should be kept the same. 

Those findings suggest that pro-gun Republicans may be jeopardizing the party’s standing with another group of voters it is desperate to attract. As TPM reported on Thursday, post-Newtown polls have shown far more support for gun control among women than men — perhaps a sign that the GOP’s opposition to new gun laws could undermine the party’s efforts to reach out to female voters.  


Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.