Why Polling on Gun Control Gets It Wrong

In calling for Republicans to pass gun safety measures like expanded background checks, Democrats point to polls that show most Americans support the idea.

They aren’t wrong about the polling. In fact, some polls show that over 90 percent of Americans support expanded checks.

Polling, however, does not tell the whole story.


Nate Cohn, a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times.

Despite expressing support for gun control measures in public polls, many voters do not support these measures in the voting booth.
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Nate Cohn contributed reporting.

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