Gov. Mitt Romney won the state of Louisiana by more than 17 points last November. The state recently amended its constitution to include sweeping protections for guns rights — at the urging of the National Rifle Association. And its state house passed unconstitutional legislation nullifying federal gun laws. If any state would rebel against a Democratic senator who supports expanded background checks for gun sales, Louisiana is that state.
And yet a new poll finds incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) leading her most likely Republican opponent by a 50-40 margin if the election were held today.
This is the second poll confirming that red state Democrats have nothing to fear from casting a a vote for background checks — and, indeed, they probably stand to gain votes if they do so. A poll last May showed 45 percent of voters in her state are more likely to support Landrieu because of her vote in favor of background checks. Only 25 percent say they are less likely to support her. A similar poll in North Carolina found that Sen. Kay Hagan’s (D-NC) vote for background checks was even more popular among her constituents.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) took a bath in the polls after she opposed background checks. Her approval rating dropped by 15 points after she sided with the NRA’s position on gun regulation.