Bet the poll question didn't say "including background checks for giving your family hunting rifle to your son."There's robust support for universal background checks on gun buyers even in a Republican stronghold renowned for its hunting culture, according to a poll released earlier this week.
The latest survey from Nielson Brothers Polling found that 62 percent of South Dakota voters support universal background checks, while just 25 percent said they are opposed.
It's yet another reminder of the widespread support for universal background checks, and further evidence that the proposal can be sold to otherwise conservative constituencies. After Senate legislation designed to expand background checks failed in April, Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that many Republicans who voted against the measure may pay a political price, even in red states.
The Nielson Brothers poll found that 41 percent of South Dakota voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports universal background checks, while 26 percent said they would be less likely to support such a candidate.
Or mention the fees involved for the background checks.