Sen. Ayotte Pays The Price: 15 Point Drop In Approval Since Voting Against Background Checks

by
Owen Poindexter
Just when gun reforms were looking more hopeless than ever, this piece of news came out: Senator Kelly Ayotte, one of 44 Senators to vote against expanding background checks to online and gun show sales, has taken a tremendous hit with voters in her home state of New Hampshire.

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Just when gun reforms were looking more hopeless than ever, this piece of news came out: Senator Kelly Ayotte, one of 44 Senators to vote against expanding background checks to online and gun show sales, has taken a tremendous hit with voters in her home state of New Hampshire. According to a Public Policy Polling survey of New Hampshire, Ayotte should dislike the number 44 for another reason: that's her current approval rating. 46% in New Hampshire disapprove of  Senator Ayotte. That's down from 48% approving to 35% disapproving in October. The gun vote seems to have dampened her approval rating a little bit (though the 2% drop could just be statistical noise) and dramatically increased those who disapprove of Senator Ayotte. The evidence is in the numbers:

"75% of New Hampshire voters- including 95% of Democrats, 74% of independents, and 56% of Republicans- say they support background checks. And 50% of voters in the state say Ayotte's 'no' vote will make them less likely to support her in a future election, compared to just 23% who consider it to be a positive."

Ayotte has some time to recover: her term ends in 2016, but the PPP poll may serve as a warning to other senators who have been blase about doing the NRA's bidding. New Hampshire is a purple state, so red-state Republicans may still feel insulated, but it is also a state known for a strong personal liberty streak, and even they think it's a good idea to check if someone is an official felon or lunatic before handing them a deadly weapon.

Watch out Washington: America actually agrees on something. And they think you suck for voting against it.

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