After senators filibustered a gun background checks bill, President Obama gave an angry speech, promising that "we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the American people don't give up on it." But according to a new Washington Post/ Pew Research Center poll, the American people are kind of over it. Less than a majority -- 47 percent -- say they are "angry" or "disappointed" that gun legislation failed to pass after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. That is a lot less than the frequently-cited 90 percent who supported the substance of the bill, universal background checks. A large minority, 39 percent, say they're "relieved" or "happy" that the bill did not advance.
But a closer look at that 47 percent — yes, it's that number again — who are disappointed or angry shows why it's going to be difficult to turn even that much outrage into electoral consequences for filibustering senators. First, who's mad about the bill's failure? According to the poll, 67 percent of Democrats said they are "angry." They are also postgrads (31 percent), followed by people in the Northeast (26 percent). A fifth of women say they're angry. And then take a look at who's on the other side and "very happy" the legislation died: 29 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of people from the West, and 26 percent of independents and white people without a college education.