gun control

Poll: Swing states for gun control

by KEVIN ROBILLARD,  |  published on November 29, 2012

Voters in key three swing states preferred President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney on gun control issues, and overwhelmingly support a number of gun control measures, according to a poll released Thursday from an advocacy group.

The survey of voters in Virginia, North Carolina and Colorado found 45 percent of voters trusted Obama on gun issues, compared with only 40 percent who trusted Romney. Obama had the largest advantage in Virginia, where he led Romney 48 percent to 39 percent. In Colorado and North Carolina, his edge was tighter: 44 percent to 40 percent and 42 percent to 41 percent.

The survey, paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, also found the National Rifle Association had little impact on the presidential election.

“Members of Congress will tell you privately that they agree we need stronger gun laws, but they run scared from the perceived power of the gun lobby,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “There is a growing pile of evidence the NRA has built a mythology around their ability to swing elections that has little basis in fact.”

The mayors group has been working to minimize the influence of the NRA, hoping to embolden members of Congress to push for stricter gun control. They have highlighted a divide between the official positions of the NRA and the opinions of its members, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the group’s founder and largest financial backer, has endorsed and spent millions backing candidates willing to buck the NRA’s line.

The poll found only 27 percent of Colorado voters recalled seeing, hearing or reading something about the NRA’s stance in the election. Twenty-six percent heard from the NRA in Virginia, and a mere 22 percent did in North Carolina. Two NRA groups spent at least $12 million attacking the president and boosting Romney, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

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