Pro-Background Check GOP Senator Achieves Record Approval Rating, Gun Safety Opponent Takes A Bath

Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have a lot in common. Both are Republicans. Both are very conservative senators from blue states. And both benefited from the 2010 GOP wave election. Toomey, however, co-sponsored legislation that would have expanded background checks for gun sales, while Ayotte opposed this popular proposal.

Both are now reaping what they sowed.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today, Toomey now enjoys the highest approval rating of his entire Senate term. In one month, his approval rating spiked from 43 percent to 48 percent. Meanwhile, Ayotte’s approval rating dropped by 15 points according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted earlier this week.

Ayotte won her initial race for the Senate by 23 points in 2010, yet the PPP poll finds that she would lose a reelection fight against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan if the election were held today.