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Poll: Huge support for universal background check on gun buys in key districts



With proposals under debate in Washington and Tallahassee to require universal background checks on gun purchases, it's worth looking at recent polling on the issue in several competitive Florida Congressional districts.

A Feb. 1 -5 poll (MoE +/- 5%) released by the Mike Bloomberg-affiliated group Mayors Against Illegal Guns shows found that a whopping 92 percent of voters in Congressional District 13, represented by Republican U.S. Rep. CW Bill Young, support expanding background checks to include all gun purchases.

“That 92 percent of Florida’s 13th Congressional District residents want every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check speaks volumes about the changing public mood on guns,” said pollster Doug Schoen. “This margin is unlike any I’ve seen on this issue, and it marks a real sea change. Voters want their elected officials to fight gun violence, and after Newtown, they’re demanding it.”

Similarly overwhelming majorities were found in Districts 9, represented by Democrat Alan Grayson (88 percent support), District 25 represented by Republican Mario Diaz-Balart (86 percent), and District 27 represented by Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (95 percent).

Under current state and federal laws, unlicensed firearms dealers are not required to conduct background checks.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 3:29pm]


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