Toomey gets slight bump from work on gun bill

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) may have failed in his attempt to pass compromise background check legislation for gun purchases, but he appears have helped his political standing -- albeit slightly.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Toomey's approval in his state rising to a new high of 48 percent, while 30 percent of Pennsylvanians disapprove of him. That's better than his 43/32 split from just a month ago.

His numbers with Republicans, though, got slightly worse, with his approval rating remaining at 58 percent but his disapproval rising from 19 percent to 25 percent.

Overall, Toomey's role in the debate doesn't seem to have registered with too many voters. Asked about whether they approved of his role in the debate, 34 percent said they did, 29 percent disapproved and 37 percent offered no opinion.

Democrats pointed out with glee this week that Sen. Kelly Ayotte's (R-N.H.) approval rating suffered after her 'no' vote on the gun legislation, with her disapproval rising 11 points and her approval dropping four points in a new poll from Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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