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Poll: 9-in-10 Americans Support Gun Background Checks

Gun customers watch video Obama gun control announcement, Bullet Hole gun shop, Sarasota, Florida, Jan. 16, 2013.
A new public opinion poll says Americans overwhelmingly support background checks for all gun buyers.

The Quinnipiac University poll indicates 92 percent of U.S. voters support the checks, and 56 percent want a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

Forty-six percent of the citizens surveyed said the National Rifle Association better reflects their views on guns, versus 43 percent for the views of President Barack Obama.

In response to the December shooting that killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama announced a series of gun-control proposals, many opposed by the NRA.

Quinnipiac said the poll surveyed 1,772 registered voters from January 30 to February 4 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.