Poll: Ohioans want expanded gun checks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A recent poll finds wide support among Ohio voters for new restrictions on buying guns at gun shows and online.

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-uh-pee-ak) University indicates that 78 percent support expanded background checks for people buying guns those ways.

Those polled indicated that Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s opposition to the expanded background checks caused many — 45 percent — to think of him less favorably. The poll says Portman’s position made 15 percent view him more favorably.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s support for expanded checks led 43 percent to say they viewed him more favorably, and 16 percent less.

Both senators enjoy positive approval ratings, though Portman’s is higher.

The poll taken June 18-23 surveyed 941 voters, for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.2 percentage points.

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