Despite the increasingly dim prospects for an assault weapons ban to earn congressional approval, a poll released Thursday showed that a wide majority of American voters is in favor of such a prohibition.
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that 56 percent of registered voters nationwide support a ban on the sale of assault weapons, compared with just 39 percent who are opposed.
Although the White House has continued to insist that it is still serious about pushing for an assault weapons ban, there have been growing indications on Capitol Hill that the bill put forward by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) could be a non-starter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on Sunday that he will only move on legislation that can pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives — a sign that the assault weapons ban is likely doomed. Feinstein herself conceded that passing the ban is an "uphill battle all the way."
Since the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., several polls have shown broad support for an assault weapons ban.