A majority of Americans say that gun policy will have an influence on their votes in November’s midterm elections, a Marist poll finds.

85 percent say a candidate’s views on gun control will affect their vote, including 59 percent who said such positions would be a “major factor” on their vote.


Just 23 percent of Americans say gun laws should remain the same while 5 percent say the laws should be less strict.

Support for an assault weapons ban is more divided.

54 percent of Americans would support a congressional candidate who favors banning an assault weapons, while the poll finds that 57 percent of gun owners would vote against such a candidate.

NRA remains very popular with Republicans and unpopular with Democrats, while independent voters are close to evenly split on the gun rights organization.

80 percent of Democrats said they would vote against a candidate who took NRA donations, but 70 percent of Republicans say they would vote for such a candidate.

However, according to the poll 51 percent of independent voters would vote against an NRA-supported candidate.

Marist College surveyed 1,026 adults between Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, 2018, and the poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.