A new Quinnipiac University Poll on gun-control shows overwhelming support — 92 – 7 percent — for background checks for all gun buyers with support for universal background checks 91 – 8 percent among voters in a household with a gun.

Voters support 52 – 43 percent stricter nationwide gun-control laws.

Attitudes on other gun-control issues are:
• 56 – 39 percent support for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, with voters in gun households opposing a ban 52 – 44 percent;
• 56 – 40 percent support for a ban on the sale of high capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with voters in gun households opposed 52 – 45 percent;
• 46 percent say the National Rifle Association better reflects their view on guns, with 43 percent who say President Barack Obama better reflects their views.

“There is no significant voter opposition to requiring background checks for gun buyers,” said Brown, “and there is support for banning high volume ammunition clips and assault weapons, with the issue pretty much falling along party lines.
“The politics of gun policy are also unclear. Despite the huge news media coverage of the issue since the Newtown shooting, only 37 percent of voters are more likely to vote for a congressman who votes to ban sales of assault rifles, while 31 percent are less likely and 30 percent say it would not affect their vote. And it’s worth noting that voters narrowly believe that the NRA more represents their views on guns than does President Obama.”

From January 30 – February 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,772 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.


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