Support for stricter gun control remains constant according to a new Quinnipiac poll. It found 53 percent of Americans would support stricter gun control laws, while only 43 percent would oppose this change. The level of support for stricter gun control was effectively unchanged over the past few months. Quinnipiac’s poll from March and February of this year found almost the exact same numbers.

This is in direct contrast to the recent CBS News poll that found support for reform waning since the tragedy at Newtown, CT.

Quinnipiac found there was majority support for a nationwide ban on assault weapons with 59 percent support and 36 percent opposed. It also found similar level of support for a ban on clips that can hold more than 10 rounds. Among voters 58 percent are behind that proposal, compared to 38 percent opposed.

By far the most popular proposed reform is requiring background checks for all gun buyers. That is backed by the almost unheard of margin of 91 percent support to 8 percent opposed. By comparison, PPP found more people believe water fluoridation is part of a sinister government plot than think universal background checks are a bad idea. Opposing universal background checks is probably the most fringe idea ever backed by a significant percentage of a major political party.

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