Poll: 62% of Americans Want Senate to Drop Gun Control


President Barack Obama has vowed to keep pushing for new gun control measures and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the failed gun vote in the Senate was “just the beginning.” However, the latestReason-Rupe national poll finds just 33 percent of Americans feel the “Senate should debate and vote on gun control legislation again,” while 62 percent want the Senate to “move on to other issues.”

This data is surprising given earlier polls finding what appeared to be overwhelming support for expanding background check for firearm purchases. For instance, Gallup found that 83 percent of Americans favored a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases. The Washington Post/ABC poll found that 86 percent of Americans support a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online.

Understandably the media punditry expected public outrage when the Senate voted down gun control legislation. However, a Pew Research Center poll found that 39 percent of Americans were relieved/very happy the “Senate vot[ed] down new gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases” while 47 percent were disappointed/angry. But then again, Gallup found that 65 percent thought the Senate “should have passed the measure to expand background checks for gun purchases.”

Subsequent to these polls Reason-Rupe asked Americans what they wanted the Senate to do next, finding that nearly two –thirds of Americans prefer the Senate to move on to other issues rather than continue to debate gun control.

Eighty-three percent of Republicans want the Senate to move on, as well as 66 percent of Independents; however, a majority (51 percent) of Democrats want the Senate to debate and vote again.

Women are far more likely than men to want the Senate to debate and vote again on gun control. While 72 percent of men want the Senate to move onto other issues, 54 percent of women agree, while 40 percent want the senate to vote on gun control again. This gender gap is not strongly correlated with marital status, age, or race, meaning that there is likely a true gender gap on this issue.

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  • boone1

    It is against the U.S.Constitution for any kind of gun control

  • Lowell

    The recent actions of our Government has did more causing citizens to support the Constitution, including the right to own guns than all the thugs that have criminally used guns in the last 50 years has done for people that doesn’t support the second amendment.

  • Robert S Moulds

    Barack Obama should admit he failed at gun control by over doing it and then move on. Fear of stricter laws have caused panic arming and there made the problem worse.

    • allessior

      That’s true and the panic has been on both sides. The government is panicking as well as they are scooping up ammo in anticipation of civil unrest.

  • allessior

    It won’t matter that most Americans don’t want gun control. We didn’t want government run healthcare and look what happened.

  • jenniewalsh

    Drop all gun control and all anti-freedom legislation. Keep your guns, folks. The way the criminals in government are running things, it is likely that you will need them to protect yourselves from the tyrannical criminals who are running the government.

  • BigUgly666

    No, we don’t “want” them to drop it …. WE DEMAND IT.
    If our “government” does not have to obey the LAW, I’ll be damned if I will.

  • They want our guns so they will be safe. Something bad is going to happen,and when it does,they don’t want us armed. Why do you think “O” has a national gestapo,or red brigade,if you will ? It’s too protect himself from the American public…

  • Robert

    Their were a few accessed Demobaboons that hadn’t voted yet, so they want a recount or a re-vote to make sure the dead Senators have their vote counted…