Majority of Americans see Obama's gun control plan favorably
Majority of Americans has responded positively to the stricter gun control measures President Barack Obama has proposed in the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, according to a new poll.
The ABC News/Washington Post Poll found that 53 percent of Americans view Obama's gun control plan favorably as compared to 41 percent who view it unfavorably.
According to ABC News, Obama urged measures including background checks on all guns sales, reinstating the assault weapons ban, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and armor-piercing bullets, new gun trafficking laws and increased access to mental health treatment.
Support for the package is lower than it was for some of the same steps tested individually in an ABC/Post poll earlier this month.
Majorities from 88 to 65 percent favored background checks at gun shows and on ammunition purchases, creating a federal database to track gun sales and banning high-capacity magazines.
That included, in each case, majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.
The poll found that Obama's proposals are seen favorably by 76 percent of Democrats, but unfavorably by 72 percent of Republicans.
Among other groups, Obama's proposals are viewed positively by 56 percent of women versus 49 percent of men.
The poll found that 58 percent of seniors favored the proposals as compared to 47 percent of young adults.
The poll found that 72 percent of nonwhites favored the proposal as compared to 43 percent of whites; and 73 percent of liberals vs. 36 percent of conservatives, the report added.