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While Quinnipiac did not provide a detailed geographic breakdown of survey participants, it said support for gun control was much stronger in urban areas, while support for gun rights prevailed in rural areas.

“The data indicates that gun control is the ultimate geographic issue,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Twenty-six percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Republicans, who are generally more supportive of gun rights. Thirty-four percent said they were Democrats, who are generally more in favor of gun control, and 29 percent said they were independent. Ten percent did not reveal any political affiliation.

On other issues, the poll found that 52 percent felt President Obama has done a good job while 44 percent said he hasn’t. By the same ratio, respondents said Mr. Obama showed leadership during the recent “fiscal cliff” showdown with Congress. Half said Mr. Obama did the better job negotiating with congressional Republicans while 21 percent said the congressional Republicans fared better.