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As Congress begins a new session, here are 10 proposals Americans supported in recent polls.

Storified by Digital First Media· Thu, Jan 03 2013 13:07:28

As Congress begins a new session, hot-button issues ranging from gun control to immigration will dominate the agenda. Here are 10 proposals Americans supported in recent polls.

92 percent: Close the gun-show loophole

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Collectors shop at a National Rifle Association sponsored gun show in 1999. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
In a December survey, 92 percent favored a law that would require buyers at gun shows to submit to federal background checks. (USA Today/Gallup, 1,038 adults, Dec.

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19-22, margin of error +/- 4 percentage points)

75 percent: Cut government spending across the board

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President Barack Obama's fiscal 2010 federal budget books are displayed at the White House. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
In a December survey, 75 percent supported cutting government spending across the board. (Politico/George Washington University, 1,000 registered likely voters, Dec. 2-6, margin of error +/- 3.1 percentage points)

70 percent: Allow illegal immigrants brought as children to stay

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Supporters of the DREAM Act wait to be arrested outside the White House in 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
In a December survey, 70 percent supported allowing illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to obtain work permits and not  be deported. (Quinnipiac University, 1,949 adults, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, margin of error +/-2.2 percentage points)

65 percent: Cut spending and raise taxes to reduce deficit

In a December survey, 65 percent said the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit is by a combination of cutting spending and increasing taxes. (Washington Post-ABC News, 1,002 adults, Dec. 13-16, +/- 4.5 percentage points)

64 percent: Limit corporate tax deductions

In an October survey, 64 percent supported limiting tax deductions for large corporations. (Pew Research Center, 1,511 adults, Oct. 4-7, +/- 2.9 percentage points)

62 percent: Create a pathway to citizenship

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An unidentified man takes the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In a December survey, 62 percent supported allowing illegal immigrants to earn citizenship over several years. (Politico/George Washington University, 1,000 registered likely voters, Dec. 2-6, +/- 3.1 percentage points)

62 percent: Ban high-capacity magazines 

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A pair of high-capacity ammunition magazines are displayed 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In a December survey, 62 percent supported banning the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition clips that contain more than 10 bullets. (USA Today/Gallup, 1,038 adults, Dec. 19-22, margin of error +/- 4 percentage points)

53 percent: Recognize same-sex marriage

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Curt Garman, left, and Richard Looke hold hands as they look for a quiet spot to hold their wedding at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
In a November survey, 53 percent said they think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as valid. (USA Today/Gallup, 1,015 adults, Nov. 26-29, margin of error +/- 4 percentage points)

51 percent: Reduce Medicare benefits for rich seniors

In a December survey, 51 percent supported reducing Medicare benefits for seniors with high incomes. (Politico/George Washington University, 1,000 registered likely voters, Dec. 2-6, margin of error +/- 3.1 percentage points)

51 percent: Legalize marijuana

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A pedestrian walks past a marijuana leaf neon sign in Los Angeles in 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
In a December survey, 51 percent said the use of marijuana should be legal in the United States. (Quinnipiac University, 1,949 adults, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, margin of error +/-2.2 percentage points)