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Post Sandy Hook, Support Increases for Mental Health vs Gun Control vs ’God and Morality’

Survey examines best ways to prevent mass shootings; evangelicals favor third option.

Update (Jan. 24): According to new research from PRRI, 30 percent of Americans now say that better mental health screening and support is the best way to prevent mass shootings from occurring in the United States–an eight-point increase over data collected before December's Sandy Hook shooting.

PRRI also reports that "most major religious groups in the country favor stricter gun control laws, including majorities of minority Protestants such as black Americans (76%), Catholics (67%), religiously unaffiliated Americans (60%), and white mainline Protestants (57%)."

Yet, white evangelical Protestants stand out as the group least likely to support stricter gun control laws (38% favor, 59% oppose). In addition, they are are the only religious group "in which a plurality (40%) say that putting more emphasis on God and morality in school and society is the most important thing that could be done to prevent future mass shootings."


December 19, 2012: In Sandy ...

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