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Poll: Ohioans overwhelmingly support background checks for gun purchases

COLUMBUS — Voters across the board in Ohio favor background checks on all gun purchases, according to the results of a new poll.

A survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling from April 26-26, found that 83 percent of voters supported the checks for everyone who wants to buy a firearm, while 11 percent were opposed.

When broken down by party, the checks were favored by 90 percent of Democrats 76 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, proposed background checks in a bill following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, however the effort failed to pass after being filibustered by Senate Republicans.

On another issue, PPP found that 73 percent of voters in Ohio favored increasing the federal minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, with 88 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of independents backing the idea.

Ohio voters also favor more accountability for charter schools, with 66 percent in favor and 17 percent opposed. 74 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of independents favored the concept.

A plurality of voters favored the state using a nonpartisan process to draw up lines for Congressional districts, with 44 percent in favor and 18 percent opposed. Democrats favored the concept, 43 to 14 percent, as well as Republicans, 35 to 26 percent. However, independents were the most in favor, with 60 percent approving and 13 percent opposed.

Lastly, PPP surveyed voters for their opinion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Energy plan, which would address climate change by placing limits on the amount of carbon pollution from power plants.

Forty-one percent of voters were strongly in favor of the plan, 20 percent were somewhat in favor, 15 percent were somewhat opposed and 16 percent were strongly opposed.

The poll of 799 registered voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.