Gun Control News: Americans Both Very Happy And Angry Bills Failed

 @LauraMatt
on April 24 2013 10:52 AM
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People hold signs memorializing Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 children and adults were killed in a mass shooting last December, as they participate in the March on Washington for Gun Control on the National Mall in Washington on Jan. 26. Reuters

America's a mixed bag of emotions over the recent gun control failure in Congress. People are angry the 2013 bills were voted down in the Senate, but they're kind of relieved too, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

The national survey of 1,002 adults by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post found that 47 percent of respondents were angry and very disappointed lawmakers failed to pass new gun control legislation, including background checks. On the other hand, 39 percent were relieved and very happy the legislation was blocked.

To further break down those numbers: 15 percent of those surveyed said they were angry, 32 percent felt more disappointed, while 19 percent expressed relief and 20 percent felt very happy about the failures.

There's also a partisan gap: 51 percent of Republicans were very happy or relieved lawmakers didn’t pass a gun control bill, while 67 percent of Democrats felt very disappointed and angry. The survey was conducted April 18-21.

Prior to the Senate votes on the gun control legislation, various polls found that 90 percent of Americans favored background checks for gun buyers.

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