A Reason-Rupe public opinion poll is raising eyebrows this week after finding that 62 percent of adults want the U.S. Senate to “move on” from the effort to pass stricter gun laws in the wake of the 2012 massacre of teachers and schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut. A majority of Democrats and Republicans agree that the nation would be better served if the members of the Senate spent their time focusing on more pressing challenges.
According to the poll, 33 percent of voters said that the Senate should vote again on new gun control laws, while 62 percent said that the upper chamber of Congress should “move on.” 83 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats agreed that the Senate should abandon the push for new gun laws. A majority of self-identified independents, 51 percent, indicated that the Senate should “debate and vote again” on new gun control measures.
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A majority of both men and woman agreed that the Senate should move on from the gun control push which has dominated the legislative debate over the course of the first half of this year. A majority of all demographics and a narrow plurality of African-Americans also agreed that the Senate should give up on gun control.
The results are surprising considering a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll which showed 86 percent of respondents support expanded background checks.
The survey comes at a time when The New Republic ran a cover story which alleges that the National Rifle Association has sown the seeds of its own destruction with their opposition to new gun laws after the Newtown massacre.
That article’s author, Alec MacGillis, and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough recently predicted that Republicans in the Senate will find a way to support expanded background checks once the filing dates for declaring candidacies have passed.
The Reason-Rupe poll of 1,003 adults was conducted from May 9 – 13, 2013. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.
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