Despite Americans’ willingness to strengthen gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook and other deadly mass shootings, Gallup finds public opposition to a broad ban on the possession of handguns at a record-high 74%. Conversely, the 24% in favor is the lowest recorded since Gallup first asked the question in 1959.
Now if you read the whole article you’ll find this part buried near the bottom. Polls do show people favoring some stricter laws on guns even though they oppose a complete ban. But the questions are kinda vague – it’s like asking people if they favor reducing unemployment. Everybody is in favor of “reasonable” gun laws, but they don’t always agree on what “reasonable” means.