New PPP polls in Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee find that even in dark red states there's strong, bipartisan support for expanded background checks. And as we've found elsewhere, voters are unhappy with their Senators who voted against them.
In Georgia there's 71/22 support for them, in Tennessee it's 67/26, and in Arkansas it's 60/31. Female voters that the Republican Party really needs to reach out to if it's going to be successful moving forward are even more supportive of background checks. They favor them 81/12 in Georgia, 73/21 in Tennessee, and 67/25 in Arkansas.
The support for stronger background check laws cuts across party lines in all three of these states. In Georgia Democrats favor them 82/10, independents do 67/27, and Republicans do 63/30. In Tennessee Democrats give them 88/8 support, independents favor them at a 61/29 clip, and Republicans do 53/38. And in Arkansas the numbers are 85/10 with Democrats, 48/43 with Republicans, and 45/43 with independents.
Mark Pryor's chances for reelection next year would be enhanced if he supported a background check bill when it comes back up in the Senate. 40% of voters say they would be more likely to cast their ballots for him next year if he reconsidered his position on this issue to just 34% who say they would be less likely to.
Voters meanwhile are angry with their Republican Senators who opposed the bill:
-41% of voters in Tennessee say they're less likely to vote for Lamar Alexander next year because of his stance on expanded background checks to only 31% who are more likely to, including a 29/39 spread with independents. Bob Corker's next election is further in the future, but 47% say they're less likely to support him because of this vote compared to 30% more likely to.
-And in Arkansas, 38% of voters say they're less likely to vote for John Boozman in the future because of his stance, compared to 33% who are more likely to.
Our polling on background checks since last month's Senate vote has been incredibly consistent. Whether it's in blue states, purple states, or red ones support for a stronger law remains overwhelming and bipartisan. And the voters are extremely unhappy with the Senators who are serving as an obstacle to that.
Full results here