PPP: Backlash against Senators who opposed background check bill

A lot of people wondered how the background check legislation, whose popularity polls in the upper 80s to low 90s, could lose in the US Senate.

But lose it did.

Now, PPP polling – a polling outfit we’ve written about before, they’re HIGHLY trusted – says five Senators, four of whom are Republican, are seeing a serious backlash in their polling numbers as a result of their vote against expanding background checks.

PPP’s full polling results are here.

New PPP polls in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, and Ohio find serious backlash against the 5 Senators who voted against background checks in those states. Each of them has seen their approval numbers decline, and voters say they’re less likely to support them the next time they’re up for reelection. That’s no surprise given that we continue to find overwhelming, bipartisan support for background checks in these states.

The Senators in question are Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, Repub Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dem Mark Begich of Alaska, Repub Rob Portman of Ohio, and Repub Dean Heller of Nevada.  Interesting that it’s four Republicans who are in trouble.

PPP continues:

Taken together these results make it pretty clear that this issue could be a serious liability for the Senators who opposed overwhelmingly popular background checks in the Senate vote earlier this month….

“The background checks vote is a rare one that really is causing these Senators trouble back home,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “All five of these Senators, as well as Kelly Ayotte, have seen their approval numbers decline in the wake of this vote. And the numbers make it clear that their position on Manchin/Toomey is a major factor causing the downward spiral.”

It’s rare, but nice to see, opposition to gun control finally biting some politicians in the behind.

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  • I suppose there is some truth to the old adage time heals all, but keep in mind that, also, some things are never forgotten.

  • clarenceswinney

    Why not? We have the revenue to do it easily.
    Our revenue is 14,000 Billion
    Our budget is 3800B.
    1973 to 2012 outlays, as percent of GDP, averaged 21%
    Revenues averaged 18%.
    It takes 27% of Revenues to cover 3800B of expenditures
    Obama 2013 budget projected revenue of 2900B or 20% of Revenue
    Make taxes Effective at 27% and we balance.
    We cannot continue to borrow borrow borrow.
    We owed less than 1000B in 1980.
    Bush doubled it by taking 9-30-01 debt of 5800B to 11,900 to 9-30-09 Obama will watch it rise to above 17,000.. It is disgusting.
    Tax Wealth is only way as we did to eliminate WWII Debt.

  • KingCranky

    It’s nice to see anger at those Senators who voted the NRA’s way, but since the Senators aren’t facing the ballot box tomorrow, or any time soon, it’s hard to see the righteous anger sustained until each Senator’s turn at the ballot box.

  • George Melby

    LOLOL. Maybe if they ran Mittens and Failin’ Palin again as running mates, they might wi… wait a minu…!

  • Only these 5 are getting a backlash?

    I really can’t convince myself that any of these guys or gals are going to be hurt the least bit by their vote here.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    14% nonwhite representation for Alaska means they didn’t call the Bush. Pretty clear racial disparity in the sampling. All Alaska is 72% “white” and 28% everybody else in the 2010 census http://labor.alaska.gov/research/index.htm. Some other weird skewing of the sample as well (gender, location info for a gigantic state). Good article on Alaska Native demographics here: http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/apr13.pdf and why hunting is important to identity here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/techpap/Tp284.pdf

    Not very good control for other issues at play in the Alaska district, at least, including the Tea bag-militia-Christian Identity voters (Joe Miller is back), the oil company hostages (backlash against Republican efforts to cut Palin’s ACES taxes which prevented Alaska from going broke 2008-present is rising), and the islands of liberals in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage vs. a morass of libertarian to antigovernment Alaska Independence Party types in surrounding areas (Eagle River, Kenai, North Pole, Delta Junction). Military population is huge as well, but not addressed-26% of jobs in the state are Federal-unclear if this is military.

    Firearms are a big issue for rural Alaskans who have had run-ins with the law and will become indigent without them. This would be an additive collateral punishment to those described in this paper http://www.correct.state.ak.us/TskForce/documents/UAAJCcollateral.pdf that fall disproportionately on rural and Alaska Native people.

  • Poor ole’ NH….it must be all that inbreeding in flannel territory. Ayotte is a perfect example of know nothing provincialism. It is said that NHerites were smart enough to leave Maine, but not sharp enough to land in Vermont. Dartmouth is an exception, it has finally reached the 19th century.

  • samiinh

    Don’t know how the polling would affect Kelly Ayotte R of NH, but in the polls she’s dropped 15 points since her vote for criminals, terrorists and crazy people.

  • Naja pallida

    The funny thing is, on right-wing websites they’re saying the exact opposite. They’re actually hoping the gun control issue carries over into the next election cycle, because they believe they can’t possibly lose on it, and that it will force a lot of Democratic party members to the right. Despite the NRA’s candidate funding last time around being essentially worthless, and huge popular support for common sense measures.

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