That could put the public at odds on the package of legislative proposals expected to emerge from Vice President Biden's working group on preventing gun violence. President Obama has asked the commission to recommend a set of legislative solutions, and the president has repeatedly indicated that he wants the group to examine cultural depictions of violence.

"We're going to need to look closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence," Obama said at a speech announcing the group's formation last month, adding that the effort would "begin inside the home and inside our hearts."

The survey also showed that 44 percent of parents say the Newton, Conn., shootings made them more aware of the violence their children were consuming. And the poll found a partisan divide when asked who was more to blame for gun violence; 68 percent of liberals said gun lobbyists held more responsibility than Hollywood, while 74 percent of conservatives said the opposite.