By a huge majority, Idahoans want to have background checks on all gun sales in the state, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
But Dan Jones & Associates also finds that most Idahoans don’t believe that stricter gun control would have prevented the recent mass shootings in a Texas church.
Currently, in Idaho gun sales by licensed dealers at gun shows and other venues require a federal background check.
But private sales of guns don’t have to have any background check by the seller for the buyer.
- 86 percent of Idahoans would support a law requiring that ALL sales of guns have background checks.
- 13 percent oppose universal background checks.
- While 1 percent don’t know.
However, 71 percent of Idahoans say stricter gun control laws would NOT have prevented the mass shooting in a Texas church, which ended in 26 dead.
- 27 percent believe tighter gun laws could have stopped the killings.
- While 1 percent doesn’t know.
Jones finds support for a universal background check on gun sales, even private individual-to-individual sales:
- Among Republicans, 84-15 percent say universal background checks.
- Democrats, 98-2 percent support.
- Political independents, who don’t belong to any political party, 84-14 percent.
- 74 percent (or three out of four) of those who self-identified to Jones that they are “very conservative” politically, support such checks.
While only 26 percent of them say no.
The “somewhat conservative,” “moderate,” “somewhat liberal,” and “very liberal” folks all support greater background checks on weapon sales by 87 percent or higher.
Jones polled 619 adults from Nov. 8-15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.94 percent.