Americans, across party lines, want background checks on all gun sales

A new Quinnipiac University National Poll finds that voters are united, across party lines, in supporting background checks on all gun sales.

“The poll also finds vast majorities of Americans, including Republicans and gun owners, support H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which recently passed the House of Representatives,” said Lisa McCormick, a leading gun violence activist in New Jersey. “It is important that citizens demand that this measure is posted for a vote in the US Senate.”

“The legislation is a critical step in the right direction, making it harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to get them by requiring a background check for every gun sale, including unlicensed online sales and unlicensed sales at gun shows,” said McCormick, who ran for US Senate in 2018.

U.S. voters support 86 – 12 percent, including 80 – 17 percent among Republicans and 76 – 20 percent among gun owners, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives requiring background checks for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and online purchases.

Voters support 93 – 6 percent “requiring background checks for all gun buyers.” Support is 89 – 10 percent among Republicans and 87 – 12 percent among gun owners.

Support for universal background checks has ranged from 88 to 97 percent in every Quinnipiac University poll since February 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.

The highest level of support, 97 – 2 percent, came in a February 20, 2018 survey, six days after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

“The call for universal background checks is now nearly universal. The trend we saw after the horror of Sandy Hook and through subsequent mass shootings has become an unstoppable tide,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The U.S. must do more to address gun violence, 73 percent of American voters say. Another 16 percent say the U.S. is doing enough and 5 percent say the U.S. is doing too much.

Voters support stricter gun laws 60 – 35 percent.

The same poll found that American voters disapprove 66 – 31 percent of President Donald Trump using emergency executive powers to fund a wall on the border with Mexico.

Republicans back Trump’s use of emergency powers for the wall 69 – 29 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll finds.

Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group disapproves of this action.

Driven mainly by women, American voters oppose building a wall on the Mexican border 55 – 41 percent. Women oppose the wall 62 – 34 percent. Men are divided, with 49 percent supporting the wall and 47 percent opposed.

“‘We didn’t want it in the first place and we certainly don’t want it built by emergency executive order,’ say wall-weary voters in big numbers,” said Malloy, speaking for survey respondents.


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