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Rasmussen: 51% say background checks won't curb gun violence

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Americans like the idea of making every gun buyer face a background check, but most don't think it will have the intended impact of cutting gun violence, according to a new national poll.

Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday that 51 percent believe that strict background checks won't put the brake on violent crime. In fact, 6 percent believe it will spark even worse crime. Forty percent believe that background checks will help to decrease violence.

The findings fly in the face of Rasmussen's other results in the same poll: 75 percent back calls for a universal gun background check. But even that number is starting to slack off. In January, shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School slayings, support for universal background checks hit 86 percent.

Should background checks be expanded, 60 percent told Rasmussen that just convicted felons and those with serious mental health issues should be prevented from buying a gun. Yet 31% think even more people should be stopped from obtaining a gun.

Despite the president's focus on gun control, Congress does not appear eager to approve any of his plans, including universal background checks.