Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks

Little Change in Public Views of Gun Policy Proposals

August 13, 2015

More Polarized Views of the NRA’s Influence

Survey Report

Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changed from May 2013 (81%).

The latest Pew Research Center poll of 2,002 adults, conducted July 14-20, finds that opinions about other gun policy proposals also are largely unchanged from two years ago, shortly after the …read more

Source: Pew Research

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