Senators’ votes on a recently failed amendment to expand background checks on gun purchases could have reverberations in the 2014 election, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests.
According to the poll, 67 percent of respondents said that the Senate “did the wrong thing” by rejecting the proposal. Only 29 percent said the Senate “did the right thing.”
Those numbers are echoed by a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday, which found that 81 percent of respondents support expanded background checks and 73 percent want the amendment to pass if it is brought up again in Congress.
The WaPo/ABC poll also suggests that a number of voters care enough about the issue to make it a defining one in an election. According to the poll, 55 percent would not vote for a candidate who voted against background checks even if they agreed with the candidate on other issues. Meanwhile, 39 percent said they could still support that candidate.