Pew Research Center Poll Reveals Majority Of Americans Support Background Checks

| by Emily Smith
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According to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday, 81 percent of Americans continue to support making gun show firearm sales subject to background checks.

According to a Washington Post poll, there is also widespread support for the Manchin-Tooney measure, which was shot down in April. According to the survey, 71 percent of Americans said the bill should be passed if reintroduced, and 67 percent said the Senate was wrong to reject the legislation.

Both agreements are surprising considering the polarized atmosphere associated with gun control.

The question of background checks is expected to be a deciding factor in 2014 Senate elections, with 55 percent of poll responders saying they would not vote for a candidate who opposed the Manchin-Tooney measure. In addition, 35 percent of pollsters said they would rule out a candidate altogether who opposed background checks.

Accroding to a Public Policy Polling released in April, Republican approval ratings have plummeted for their involvement in gun control opposition. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, and Dean Heller of Nevada all saw their approval ratings drop after voting against the Manchin-Tooney bill.

Seante Republicans received most of the blame for Manchin-Tooney’s failure, though four oppositional votes came from the Democrat Party, with 64 percent of pollsters pointing fingers at the GOP.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a campaign against the four Democrats who voted against the measure, mainly targeting Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, who are up for re-election next year.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a Bloomberg-backed association, also targeted Pryor in an ad campaign.

"When you vote against an overwhelming majority of your constituents, that won't be met with silence," Adam Green, the PCCC's co-founder, said. "That will be met with accountability."

Sources: The Huffington Post, Business Insider