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- Mourners gather at a memorial for victims of the El Paso Walmart shooting.
The survey — conducted in the wake of the El Paso Walmart shooting that left 22 people dead at the hands of a suspected white supremacist — also found that 82% of respondents hold President Donald Trump partly responsible for an increase in anti-immigrant and anti-Latino language.
In an online manifesto, the El Paso shooting suspect said he intended to kill Mexicans to thwart a “Hispanic invasion of Texas," echoing rhetoric used by the president.
According to the survey, conducted online between September 6 and September 13, 80% of survey respondents said stricter gun laws are necessary. More than half stated that gun laws should be "significantly stricter."
Among the other findings:
- 80% said they felt personally affected by the shooting.
- 83% expressed concern that other Latino communities might be targeted for attacks.
- 74% said they felt there's been an increase in hate crimes in recent years.
- 59% said the issue of mass shootings and the need for strengthening gun laws will be one of the key issues influencing their vote in 2020.
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