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New Poll Finds More Support For More Gun Restrictions

The new gun control poll by ABC News/Washington Post showed 54 percent in support of greater restrictions.

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A new poll shows Friday's school massacre in Connecticut may be changing minds on US gun control.

According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, 54 percent of respondents said they backed new limits on gun rights, with 43 percent opposed.

When asked about banning ammunition clips that contain more than 10 bullets, 59 percent supported the idea, while 38 percent opposed it. In addition, 52 percent backed a ban on semiautomatic handguns, with 44 percent in opposition, Bloomberg reported.

Those numbers are the highest reported in five years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A HuffPost/YouGov survey taken immediately following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School showed similar support.

According to that poll, 50 percent of respondents felt gun laws should be made stricter than they are now, compared to 43 percent who said they should remain the same (29 percent) or be made less strict (14 percent).

The poll also found support for banning semiautomatic weapons, as well as magazine clips holding more than 10 rounds, The Huffington Post reported.

Support for stricter US gun control peaked in 1999 and 2000, but plummeted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Other recent mass shootings have barely moved the needle in polls on gun control, according to CNN.