Quinnipiac Polls show overwhelming support for background checks

Quinnipiac University polls conducted since the Newtown massacre are finding more than 90 percent of voters in three states surveyed so far, including voters in households where there is a gun, support background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.
Polls of voters in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in January by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University show:
  • Virginia, January 10: 92 – 7 percent in favor of “requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows,” including 91 – 7 percent among voters in gun households;
  • New Jersey, January 24: 96 – 3 percent on the same question, including 95 – 5 percent in gun households;
  • Pennsylvania, January 30: 95 – 5 percent support “requiring background checks for all gun buyers” (note change in question), including 95 – 4 percent in gun households.
These surveys found support, by smaller margins, for armed police in schools:
  • 66 – 29 percent for armed police in Virginia;
  • 50 – 44 percent for armed police in New Jersey;
  • 46 – 42 percent in Pennsylvania that armed guards would be more effective in reducing gun violence in schools than stricter gun laws.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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