90% Want Gun Background Checks
Including NRA members, Republicans
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Rob Gotham calls in a background check for a gun buyer at Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

(Newser) – Looks like President Obama was right when he said the majority of Americans support universal background checks for gun buyers—in a huge way. A whopping 90% of the public supports the idea, according to a new New York Times/CBS News poll, including 95% of Independents, 93% of Democrats, and 89% of Republicans. Even NRA members overwhelmingly supported the idea. Overall, only 7% said they actively opposed background checks.

The poll also indicates, however, that the public agrees with the NRA's proposal to protect schools with armed guards, with roughly three-quarters of respondents saying they would help prevent mass shootings to at least some degree, and only a quarter saying they would do little or nothing to help.

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Jan 21, 2013 2:45 PM CST
No 90% want checks for new guns. There will never be a check for private citizens selling a weapon. There is no place in the Constitution giving the Feds that type of power.
Jan 18, 2013 1:33 PM CST
what is clear is the media has fanned the flames of newtown and is now responsible for future shootings.
Jan 18, 2013 12:51 PM CST
What does this mean, 90% support background checks? It should be 100%, it's the 10% that didn't support background checks that I would be worried about. Aren't background checks required in all 50 states already? Geez the media is acting like this is big news. Wake up media morons we've been doing it for years.