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QU Poll shows 90% of U.S. residents support background checks on gun sales

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Quinnipiac University poll showed that 86 percent of United States voters think people on the terrorist watch list should not be allowed to purchase a gun. (WFSB file photo) Quinnipiac University poll showed that 86 percent of United States voters think people on the terrorist watch list should not be allowed to purchase a gun. (WFSB file photo)
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A new poll shows there is “overwhelming support” for a no-fly, no-buy gun law in the United States.

The Quinnipiac University poll showed that 86 percent of United States voters think people on the terrorist watch list should not be allowed to purchase a gun. The poll also showed that 83 percent of voters with a gun in the home supported the measure.  

The poll also asked the question, “Is it possible to make new gun laws without interfering with gun rights.” About 64 percent of voters and 59 people with guns in the home support said it is possible.

The pollsters said there is no listed party, gender, age, education or racial group that disagrees with these questions.

"The people have spoken time and again, but nothing changes," said Tim Malloy, who is the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement on Thursday.

The poll stated that 93 percent of voters supported background checks for all gun buyers and 54 percent supported stricter gun laws.

"American voters clearly are worried about guns. They want to make it harder for bad people to get them and believe it can be done without penalizing legitimate gun owners,” Malloy said.

The poll asked specific gun questions with the following results: 

  • 59 percent support for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons
  • 47 percent said an assault weapons ban would help reduce gun violence and 49 percent say it would not be effective
  • 62 percent believe that expanding background checks would help reduce gun violence
  • 57 percent said it's too easy to buy a gun in the U.S., while 36 percent say it's about right
  • 52 percent said the U.S. would be less safe if more people carried guns, while 40 percent say the U.S. would be safer;
  • 38 percent have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Assn., with 36 percent unfavorable. 

For more on the QU Poll, click here

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