The poll found a sharp split in public opinion: 49 percent said they support stricter gun laws, while 50 percent said they are opposed. A CNN/ORC poll conducted shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting showed 55 percent of Americans in favor of stricter gun control.
That was par for the course at that time. Most polls conducted in the immediate aftermath of the massacre showing a majority of Americans backing tougher gun laws. But that support never translated to a legislative victory, with a Senate bill aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers failing in April.