Poll: Less than half of Americans upset about gun vote
April 24th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

Poll: Less than half of Americans upset about gun vote

Heading into last week's gun control vote, polls showed that nearly nine in 10 Americans favored background checks not currently required by law for gun sales–a rarely seen, overwhelming amount of support for a piece of legislation in Washington.
Now that the Senate actually failed to pass such a measure, a new poll indicates Americans aren't as upset about the unsuccessful bill.

The Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll suggests that post-vote attitudes stray from the wide support for the background check measure before the debate, which hovered around 85% in multiple polls.

A plurality of Americans - 47% - say they are either "angry" or "disappointed" with the Senate's action on gun legislation, far different from the amount of people who strongly approved the proposal before the vote. Meanwhile, 39% say they are "relieved" or "happy" about the vote.

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  1. Mary

    I will say this, at least Cnn recognized their error and put @n-juh-near's post back up.

    April 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American

    Colin Powell? Hahaha. He doesn't even like Bush! He doesn't even claim to be part of the GOP party any longer. You continue to make some very idiotic comments, but thanks for the entertainment.

    April 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The only idiot is you. Are you Greek? Or are you American? You can be one or the other but not both unless you are an embassador or something like that. If an embassador were to ask Colin Powell or Bush for reenforcement both would have granted that embassador backup. Neither Hillary Clinton or Obama granted reenforcements at Bengahzi. Hillary was aware od the call for backup and ignored that call. Obama was more than likely aware, but if not it was only because he was to busy campaigning instead of doing his job. Again are you Greek or American? If you are Greek sit down and shutup, worry about your own nations failures such as socialism. If you are American, again sit down and shutup, because you obviously don't know what you are talking about.

      April 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You do know that the survivors of Benghazi have been interviewed by the FBI and are the subjects of a continuing FBI investigation, and it is that - and not the Obama administration - that precludes them from speaking with the press? You do know that the majority of them are back at work in some capacity, and not being held incommunicado by the Administration? You do know that many of them - by virtue of their sensitive intelligence and security work and the consequent NDAs they signed - cannot testify in public or open session? Are you not aware that the House and Senate intelligence Committees have been fully briefed on what they have told the FBI and the ARB? Are you aware how ridiculous you and others sound every time you call Benghazi the worst foreign policy failure since 9/11?

      April 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Actually banasy you can stop putting qords in my mouth. The worst policy failure since 9/11 is not anally impaling the Boston bomb suspect upon admission to the crime and leaving him skewed on a twenty foot pole in the sand in front of the Dome Of The Rock in jeruselem. If we did that to every terrorist, terrorism would come to an IMMEDIATE end.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Pete, doing good in the neighborhood. How about you?

      Hamsta, you have stated it in the past; it is true that you didn't specifically state it in this particular post.
      The suspect is an American citizen, and all rhetoric aside, is afforded the same due process as every other US citizen.

      April 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Enemy combatants that commit acts of war on or off American soil against American citizens do not have the same rights as a civililian, citizen or not.

      April 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He is not an enemy combatant, and the US Constitant disagrees with you.

      April 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      April 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      It does not matter that you are so politically correct and liberal that you are scared to call him an enemy combatant, buy textbook definition that's exactly what he is among other things such as extremist islamic militant, radical muslim, terrorist and so on.

      April 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greek American

    Again, very idiotic, but entertainment nonetheless. Kind of like that dumb commercial you are so proud of. Stupid. But I shouldve known or expected someone like that to be your hero. Hahaha.
    And I've told you endless times, my parents were born in Greece, I was born here. And I can call myself whatever I want, its a free country, Hamster!

    April 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emma

    Who cares? Guns are gay.

    April 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Yes, I have did prove that, unlike the rhetoric about Benghazi, US embassy attacks have happened with much, MUCH more frequency under Bush's watch than President Obama's.

    There is no way to legislate religion in this country.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    And I do not despise Fr. POTUS Bush. From all accounts, he is a very personable fellow. His policies, however, are a different matter altogether.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Since 1983, 900,000 gun deaths in the US. In 30 years.
    Since 1973, 3400 deaths due to terroism in the US. In 40 years.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Why are you wating your time with those stats? Guns are designed to kill, that's what they do. Until you can take the gun away from the criminals it will only be 900,001 deaths when that criminal tries to break in my house.

      April 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hamsta

    Ya, your policy is more like just willingly giving the schoolyard bully your lunch money so he doesn't beat you up again...and again.... Sounds like Obama's policy. My policy is pick the biggest bully, pound his head in the ground then buy him lunch and go about my days peacefully. Bush's strategy

    April 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Hamsta,Bushs interview by CNNs John King showed hes delushional at best..He pretty much spoke like that of that other maniacal puppetmaster in Cheney not taking back anything,feeling no remorse and as shocking as it sounds he'd do it all over again if he had too!!Netherlands Hague would give them something to think about and trust me after 150 countries indicting these 2 murderers that only America doesn't recognise they'd be tried like Hitlers boys and believe me they've both earned it with the deaths and destruction in wars created with their lies..Lies ,senseless murders of innocents they should had paid for a long time ago and republicans you supposid patriots you think you are in denile about them as well...

      April 25, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    I have a stat for you banasy, Bush spent almost a decade in two wars and did so losing less than 3500 soldiers. We lost more than that in a single day in Vietnam, WW2, and the American Civil War. By those standards Bush is the most successful American president ever.

    April 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    My take: background checks are riddled with holes and far too many limitations...no national background check is that good, nor can they be. Seriously, what info is available during those 'checks?' – very little, actually. They're certainly not a 'check' on mental status, nor can checks predict future mental breakdowns, can they?

    Can these 'background' checks look into whether or not the buyer has work-related or school stress and feels picked on? Perhaps a potential for workplace or school related revenge? No. Background checks aren't that good and never will be.

    April 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah

    I like the notion that if you ask a free American(s) to give up some freedom(s), then you must be a grown up (as opposed to a spoiled child) and step up to the plate and provide what is necessary to make that happen.

    If you ask people to stop driving, you'd better provide them a bus. If you ask Americans to restrict/give-up firearms, you'd better permanently stop all violent crime FIRST. Otherwise, you're asking too much and you're not manning up to do your part.....so pipe down until you're ready to do your part.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick1460

    For as long as the US has a gun culture not only will massacres continue to occur but international relations will further deteriorate. There are probably just too many to buy back as in Australia. Given the strength of American media, it's essential it be co-opted and gradually reduce current pro-gun productions.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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