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Remember claims 90% of Americans wanted background check bill to pass?: Well, it was clearly wrong
John Lott ^ | April 27, 2013 | John Lott

Posted on 04/29/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Despite assurances by the likes of Nate Silver that these are solid polls showing "Overwhelming majorities of 80 to 90 percent of the public say they favor background checks," I have previously noted my skepticism of these claims. To me, it wasn't too surprising that the Senate voted down the gun control bill about 10 days ago. My concern is that people were really just being asked about whether they wanted to keep criminals from getting guns, not about the particular legislation being voted on by the Senate. Well, now there is another poll by the PEW Research Center that I think is much more accurate. It asks people whether they are happy that the Senate gun control bill was stopped. Apparently, both Republicans and Independents are generally happy that it was stopped. My guess is that Republicans should pay a lot more attention to what Independents and Republicans wanted than Democrats who would never have voted for the Republicans anyway. It looks to me that Republicans voted the way that their constituents wanted. So Republicans shouldn't really care that among all voters the poll showed support of 47 to 39 percent. They should look at the results by political affiliation.

Many, such as the New York Times, paint a picture of Senators who both simultaneously opposed the will of 90 percent of their voters and at the same time quake in fear of the NRA. Here is a piece by Joe Nocera at the New York Times on April 19th....

(Excerpt) Read more at johnrlott.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Issues; Parties; Polls; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: banglist; gop; guncontrol; polls; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/29/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I support a background check for purchasing firearms on two conditions:

1. Barack Obama passes it first.

2. The same background check is required for registering to vote and the same ID needed to purchase a firearm is required for the act of voting.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 4:57:30 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One of our local liberal writers called the 90% number an outright lie and he wants tougher background checks.

Getting 90% of Americans to agree on anything is virtually impossible.


3 posted on 04/29/2013 5:06:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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The one US Senator who gun control advocates claim has been hurt by her opposition to the Senate gun control bill is Kelly Ayotte (see also here, though one will note that six months and a lot of other things have occurred since the last approval rating poll for Senator Ayotte). Yet, it is interesting that the Democratic controlled state House of Representatives in New Hampshire isn’t passing new gun control either. From the New Hampshire Union Leader:


4 posted on 04/29/2013 5:11:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: MeganC
BACKGROUND CKS....sooooo otre....it's yesterday's news....been done been tried been gone.....bye byeeee. Toady sez....




A STALE IDEA, IT IS...

5 posted on 04/29/2013 5:13:02 PM PDT by jimsin (W)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 04/29/2013 5:26:35 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

If the same lie is told a thousand times.......


7 posted on 04/29/2013 6:05:57 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Travis McGee

If the same lie is told a thousand times.......


8 posted on 04/29/2013 6:09:24 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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