90% Want Gun Background Checks

Including NRA members, Republicans
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
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. (Read more poll numbers stories.)

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