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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Washington Post Poll on Possible 2014 Blow Back on Background Check Vote

Chris Cillizza suggests that senators who voted against expanded background checks may pay a price in 2014 if the new Washington Post/ABC-News Poll is correct:

The risk may be significant, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Thirty five percent of registered voters say they could not support a candidate who voted against expanding background checks at gun shows and on the Internet — even if they agreed with him or her on other issues. By comparison, 14 percent of voters would rule out a candidate who voted for expanded checks.
Take a look at the entire poll.  You will note that it is heavily weighted to Democrats, as most Washington Post Polls are, and Democrats are much more disposed to supporting gun control.  Also, Cillizza acknowleges that the big question is whether those who did respond they are less likely to support a candidate that voted against the expanded background checks will actually vote that way in 2014, noting that gun control continues to poll near the bottom of top issues for voters in

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