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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) gives a thumbs down to the Obama administration as she addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar
According to PPP's new survey, voters still give thumbs down to NRA-toadies like Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Public Policy Polling's latest national poll, conducted June 11-13 with a margin of error of ±4 percent (PDF), finds Democrats with a 47-40 lead in the generic ballot, and:
PPP's newest national poll finds on the 6th month anniversary of Newtown that voters are still angry with Congress over the lack of action on expanded background checks. They continue to have overwhelming bipartisan support with 71% of voters favoring them to only 22% who are opposed. That includes an 85/10 spread among Democrats, a 66/23 one with independents, and a 57/35 one with Republicans.

This still has the potential to be a major issue in next year's midterm elections. 51% of voters say they're less likely to support someone who voted against background checks next year to only 14% who say they would consider that a positive. Even among Republicans 30% say they'd be less inclined to vote for someone who opposed expanded background checks to 25% more likely, so this isn't even something that would be a particular salient issue for potential primary challengers.

The only really surprising thing here is that anybody would be surprised that voters overwhelmingly support background checks to make sure criminals can't buy guns. The National Rifle Association still ekes out a slight positive rating, but it's political power is in retreat: By a 40-28 margin, voters are more likely to vote against an NRA-endorsed candidate than to vote for one. In other words, hopefully the NRA keeps up it's ad campaign thanking Kelly Ayotte for doing its bidding.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 05:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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