After the Manchin-Toomey compromise to expand background checks failed in the Senate, determining the fate of the full gun package, Sens. Murphy and Blumenthal, joined by outspoken Newtown activists, vowed there would be a “political price” paid by those who voted against gun control.
Recent poll results suggests that voting “no” on gun control may have become a political liability, something that advocates have said is the first step in a long-term strategy to enact stricter gun laws. Liberal leaning Public Policy Polling surveyed voters in a number of states whose senators voted against the background check expansion.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, the junior senator from Arizona, voted against the measure despite senior Sen. John McCain voting for it. Flake’s approval rating dropped 19 points and over 50 percent of those polled said they are less likely to support him in a future election because of this vote.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican from Alaska, saw her approval rating drop 16 points since February. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s approval rating dropped among Democrats and Independents, and did not increase among Republicans.
Senators in Nevada and Ohio, both swing states, also saw declines in approval ratings.