Poll: Ayotte would gain political support by voting for expanded gun background checks

A new survey from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research confirms continued broad support among New Hampshire voters for expanded gun background checks. A convincing majority want Sen. Kelly Ayotte to change her vote and would reward her politically if she does.

In the poll of New Hampshire registered voters, 84% express support for background checks on all gun sales, including those sold on the internet and at gun shows. 75% said they believe it is possible to “protect the rights of gun owners” and “strengthen laws to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people” at the same time.

The broad support for expanded background checks extends across party lines with Democrats (93%), Republicans (79%) and independents (81%) approving. The proposal is supported by gun owners (82%) and NRA households (60%).

The survey indicates a “convincing majority of voters (57%) want Senator Ayotte to change her mind and support background checks:”

Voters (31 percent) are more likely to support Senator Ayotte if she changes her mind and supports background checks; only 11 percent are less likely. There would be very little chance of blowback: 55 percent say a switch would make no difference in how they feel about Ayotte. Among gun owners, 62 percent say the Senator’s changed vote will make no difference on their decision to support her, while a quarter say they would be more likely to support her. Only 10 percent of Republicans and even only 26 percent of NRA households would be less likely to support Senator Ayotte if she supported background checks.

The survey was commissioned by Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization headed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly. On July 5th, Giffords and Kelly will be in New Hampshire for a public event in support of expanded background checks.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner surveyed New Hampshire registered voters on May 21-23, 2013. The poll has a +/-4.0% margin of error.