Despite background check consensus, mixed sentiment on gun bill

According to a new poll, 39 percent say they were "very happy" or "relieved" that gun control failed

Published April 24, 2013 1:23PM (EDT)

Though recent polls show overwhelming public support for laws implementing universal background checks, a new poll by Pew Research/The Washington Post finds that there is a mixed bag of sentiment regarding the failure of gun control measures in the Senate.

The poll surveyed Americans, and asked, "Which word best describes how you feel about the fact that this gun legislation did not pass?" In response, 32 percent said they were "disappointed" and 15 percent said they were "angry."

That's compared with 20 percent said they were "very happy," and 19 percent said they were "relieved."


By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

MORE FROM Jillian Rayfield

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Background Checks Gun Control Newtown School Shooting Polling Senate