Raleigh, N.C.- PPP’s latest national poll finds President Obama’s approval ratings narrowly split at 47% positive to 49% negative. His nemeses, Congressional Republicans, do far worse at 24% favorable to 67% unfavorable. Voters trust Obama over Congressional Republicans to deal with the major issues facing the country by 50% to 42%. Congressional Democrats have a better-but-still-bad rating of 40% positive to 52% negative. They lead the GOP on the generic ballot 47%-40%.
Respondents support universal background checks 71%-22%. Democrats (85%), Republicans (57%) and Independents (66%) all support universal background checks. Only 14% say they’d be more likely to support their elected officials if they voted against universal background checks; 51% say a “no” vote would make them less likely to vote for the official. The National Rifle Association has a net-positive approval rating of 43%-41%. Contradictorily, 40% of voters say they’d be less likely to support an NRA-endorsed candidate to 28% who would be more likely to vote for him or her.