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Poll: Approval of Trump’s Handling of Gun Control Jumps in August

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 27, 2018 | 3:22 PM EDT

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The percentage of American adults approving of President Donald Trump’s handling of gun control has increased eight points from March, hitting 47% in August, the latest AP-NORC survey shows.

In the survey, conducted August 16-20, 2018, Americans were asked:

“If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Donald Trump is handling gun control?”

Forty-seven percent said they approved of Trump’s handling of gun control, up from 39% in April, with the percentage disapproving declining from 59% to 52%. Approval in August of Trump’s handling of gun control is also up from the 40% level registered in October of 2017, when 59% disapproved.

Half of the 1,055 people polled in August were asked about Trump’s handling of “gun control,” while the other half were asked about his handling of “gun policy.”

Regarding “gun policy,” Trump’s August numbers mirrored the previous survey questions referencing “gun control,” with 40% approving and 59% disapproving.

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