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  •  You continue to make this claim... (26+ / 0-)

    ...based on a link that is not to the entire CBS Poll, but only to the part that backs up your claim. Lying by omission is what my priest used to call that.

    You also fail to note that two other polls released in the past two days by Marist and Quinnipiac show a solid majority in favor of stricter gun regulations. So, even on the generic question, your claim is bogus. You can see the results of all those questions here.

    The very same CBS Poll you're citing, as I pointed out Wednesday, still shows overwhelming support for universal background checks and shows a perfect 1-1 division on the assault weapons ban, although other polls still show that as having a slight edge.

    As the Center for American Progress has noted in a comprehensive look at this matter:
    One of the most consistent findings in gun polling is that support for “gun control” broadly is lower than support for specific tighter gun laws. One reason is the lack of specificity in broad “gun climate” questions. What do respondents think of when asked whether they support “gun control” or “stricter laws covering the sale of firearms”? Are they thinking about a ban on all guns, including hunting rifles? Are they thinking about preventing people accused of domestic violence from getting a gun at a gun show without a background check and then bringing that gun across state lines? We simply don’t know. This is not to say that a broad question on attitudes toward gun laws can’t be useful, but we should simply understand its limitations.
    Here's what else was asked in that CBS News poll in the third week of March which found the drop in support for stricter gun control:

    Do you favor or oppose a nationwide ban on semi-automatic weapons—including some rifles, pistols, and shotguns—that have detachable magazines, allowing them to rapidly fire a high number of rounds?"

    A total of 49 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed. That's a downward shift of three points from February, which is the same as the margin of error. Also asked:

    "Do you favor or oppose a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers?"

    A total of 90 percent in favor, 8 percent opposed. In February, the figure was 91 percent.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 04:14:06 PM PDT

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