Support for tougher new gun control laws has dropped since the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last December, with most Americans instead backing enforcement of current regulations, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

The poll found that the nation is evenly split on the issue of new laws: 46 percent want stricter new gun control, and 46 percent believe the country does not need stricter gun laws.

Support for new laws reached 52 percent after the Sandy Hook shooting deaths in Newtown, Conn.

Rasmussen found that the public's focus is more on enforcing current laws than adding new ones to enforce. Sixty-two percent of Americans continue to believe the United States needs stricter enforcement of existing gun laws. Twenty-five percent disagree, while 13 percent are undecided.

"When given a choice, 57 percent of Americans feel it is more important for the government to enforce existing gun control laws than to create new ones," the pollster added.

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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