Nine in 10 Voters Back Gun Background Checks, Gun-Owners Too

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A customer looks at guns at a Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. store in Paramus, New Jersey.

A Quinnipiac University poll out today shows overwhelming support — even among Republicans — for mandatory background checks for all gun purchases.

The survey, taken Jan. 30-Feb. 4 of 1,772 registered voters, found 92 percent of voters, including 91 percent in households with guns, 89 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of independents backing a requirement that a background check be conducted before an individual can purchase a firearm.

“There is no significant voter opposition to requiring background checks for gun buyers,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut.

Background checks are among the proposals offered by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats in response to the killing of 20 elementary school students and six educators in December in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama said this week that a consensus is developing to require such checks.

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