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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Almost two-thirds of those polled — 65 percent — think the Senate should have passed the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales, which was blocked when it didn’t receive 60 votes in the upper house of Congress earlier this month, according to a new poll from Gallup.

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The legislation is supported overwhelmingly by Democrats and Independents, which helps explain why Pat Toomey (R-PA), who supported the bill, has seen his approval rating skyrocket in recent weeks while Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has seen hers dive.

Even a vast majority of Republicans — 73 percent — would vote yes on a ballot initiative that would “require background checks for all gun purchases.” That would go even further than the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would leave a loophole for private sales.

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