New poll: 93% of Americans support gun background checks

Editor’s note: In the wake of the Oregon District shooting that left 10 people dead, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proposed a multi-part plan to change gun laws and bolster access to mental health services. The Dayton Daily News is digging into the various parts of his plan to assess what is politically feasible and what experts say could make a difference. Read our full report on the governor’s plan here.


A new poll by Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 72 percent of voters say Congress needs to do more to reduce gun violence, including half of Republicans, 93 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents.

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Here is what else pollsters found about support for specific gun policy proposals:

Universal background checks: 93 percent support, 6 percent oppose

Requiring a license to purchase a gun: 82 percent support, 16 percent oppose

"Red flag" laws: 80 percent support, 15 percent oppose

Ban on assault weapons: 60 percent support, 36 percent oppose

Mandatory buyback of assault weapons: 46 percent support, 49 percent oppose

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