Americans tilt in favor of tighter gun-control laws and express overwhelming support for expanding background checks and federal penalties for illegal gun sales. While members of gun-owning households voice support for these measures, fewer than half support a ban on assault weapons. Read related article.

SOURCE: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Mar. 7 to 10, among a random sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the full survey, 5.5 points among the 426 respondents living in gun households and five points among the 511 respondents in households with no guns. This survey was produced for The Washington Post by Capital Insight, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. | The Washington Post March 12, 2013
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