The Washington Times - March 12, 2013, 08:26AM

A poll released Tuesday shows the American public evenly divided on whether they trust President Obama or congressional Republicans more to do a better job handling the issue of gun control.

Forty-two percent say Mr. Obama and 41 percent side with Republicans in Congress, according to a new Washington Post-ABC poll.

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Fifty-two percent of those surveyed say they favor stricter gun-control laws in the country, 57 percent support a national ban on the sale of so-called assault weapons, and 91 percent support requiring background checks on people who buy guns at gun shows.


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The issue has risen to prominence since the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.


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Mr. Obama is pushing for an ambitious gun-control package that includes a ban on military-style, semiautomatic rifles; high-capacity ammunition magazines; and universal background checks for gun purchases — items the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider Tuesday.


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By a 50 percent to 48 percent margin — within the poll’s margin of error of 3.5 percentage points — Americans favor a law requiring armed guards in every school in the country, and 82 percent support making illegal gun sales a federal crime. A version of the latter was advanced by the Judiciary Committee last week.


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Fifty-seven percent of those polled say they do not have a gun in their house, while 42 percent say they live in a gun-owning household.


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The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted from March 7 to 10.


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