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.

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.