In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Poll: After Gun Bill Failure, Public Wants Senate To Move On

Gun-control
AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

"As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted down gun control legislation," the question said. "Do you think the Senate should debate and vote on gun control legislation again or should the Senate move on to other issues?"

It may be the latest sign that the push for new gun laws is fading five months after the massacre in Newtown, Conn. A survey released earlier this week by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that support for expanded background checks on gun buyers remained strong, but had still dipped significantly.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of the authors of a background checks measure that was voted down by 45 senators, expressed optimism last month that a gun bill could still ultimately pass.

"I truly believe that if we have time to sell the bill and if people will read the bill" it can pass, Manchin said.

About The Author

Yowco8c348ndhwfezgxi

Tom Kludt is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. A former research intern and polling fellow for TPM, Tom served as assistant polling editor for TPM Media's PollTracker during the 2012 campaign. Before joining TPM, he worked on political campaigns and wrote for various publications in Minnesota and his native South Dakota. Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.