Support for gun control down dramatically since 2012

Support for stricter gun laws has declined since a dramatic spike in late 2012.

Just 47 percent of Americans say they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, down from 58 percent in 2012, according to a new Gallup poll.

The 2012 figure of 58 percent was 15 percentage points higher than the 43 percent support found by Gallup's 2011 survey. Gallup began conducting its 2012 survey less than a week after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

More than a third (38 percent) of Americans think laws regulating the sale of firearms should be kept as they are now, and 14 percent say they should be loosened.

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