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90% of Ohioans support background checks

COILUMBUS, Ohio – A new poll shows Ohioans, including gun owners, overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun buyers.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 90 percent of Ohio respondents – including 86 percent of voters in households where there are guns — favored universal background checks.

The results came from national and statewide polls conducted since the December 14 Newtown school massacre and consistently find overwhelming support for universal background checks, poll director Douglas Schwartz said.

The March 1 poll of Ohio voters, in which respondents were asked, “Do you favor or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?”, 90 percent said they favored them, compared to 8 percent opposed, and checks were supported  86-12 percent among gun owners, Schwartz said

A March 7 poll of voters nationwide showed voters favoring background checks 88 percent to 10 percent opposed, including 85 percent among gun owners, Schwartz said.

Support for background checks in Ohio was lower than in most of the other states where voters were surveyed. Support seemed to be weakest in states farthest from the Newtown shootings and waned as time elapsed, though it was stronger in two states than in Connecticut where the shootings occurred.

The results of the other statewide surveys:

Virginia, January 10, 92-7 percent overall, 91-7 percent among gun owners.

New Jersey, January 24, 96-3 percent overall, 95-5 percent among gun owners.

Pennsylvania, January 30, 95-5 percent overall, 95-4 percent among gun owners.

Connecticut, March 6, 93-6 percent support overall, 89-9 percent among gun owners.

Florida, March 21, 91–8 percent support overall, 88-11 percent among gun owners.

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