Fox Poll Finds Americans Support Expanding Background Checks

| April 26, 2013

A recent Fox News poll found  that 82% of voters, 72% of Republicans, and 77% of people from gun-owning households support expanding background checks on all gun sales.


Also, when asked, “Would you be more likely or less likely to support a political candidate who voted IN FAVOR OF expanding background checks on gun buyers?”

68% of the respondents stated that they would be more likely to support that candidate. Only 20% said that they would be less likely to do so.

The NRA’s favorability rating dropped as well: 50 percent of voters have a positive opinion now, down from 56 percent in January.  Still, the NRA has a higher approval rating than either the Democratic (44 percent) or the Republican (35 percent) Parties.

A March 22nd poll, also by Fox, indicates that there is sizable public support for requiring mental health checks on gun buyers (72 percent) and background checks on ammunition purchases (70 percent).

A recent Post poll found that 55 percent think new gun control laws can be implemented without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. All of which should be a reminder that most Americans simply don’t view expanding background checks as an infringement on the rights of law abiding citizens.

The Fox News poll was based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,009 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from April 20 to April 22.

The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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