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Poll Finds Chasm Between Parties On Gun Laws

OPB | Feb. 6, 2013 6:07 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 7, 2013 7:14 p.m. | Portland

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A poll conducted by DHM Research delineates how Oregonians view the evolving debate on gun laws.

Pollster Ari Wubbold says the online survey of 365 Oregonians reflects the state’s population as a whole.

“Some of the big differences we found had to do with Democrats and Republicans, males and females and the area of the state. For example, we found women were much more receptive to additional gun control legislation.”

Democrats were more receptive to  banning high capacity ammunition clips by 85 percent,compared to 32 percent of Republicans surveyed

Residents of the Willamette Valley, and the tri-county metro area were also more likely to favor additional restrictions.

76 percent of all respondents said they favor requiring background checks before anyone - gun dealers included - could buy weapons at gun shows.

56 percent said they’d support a law banning the sale and possession of assault-style weapons.

The poll was conducted from January 25th to 28th, and had a 5.1 percent margin of error.

Editor’s note: This version corrects an earlier version.

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