Poll: Gun control vote boosts Hagan, Landrieu

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A nearly identical 73 percent of voters support expanding background checks in North Carolina, and more than half — 52 percent — say they're more likely to support Hagan because she backed the bill.

The pair's colleagues from across the aisle — Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — saw a corresponding decline in popularity. Half of North Carolinians say they're less likely to support Burr because of his gun vote, and four in 10 Louisianans say the same about Vitter.

PPP released polls earlier this week showing that senators from Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and Ohio were also facing a backlash over their refusal to back the gun control bill, which fell five votes short of the 60 required in the Senate.

“Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan helped their chances for reelection by supporting background checks,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, in a statement. “Their constituents overwhelmingly support the stance they took on this issue and are ready to reward them for it at the ballot box next year.”