Reader Poll: Gun Bill Ordeal Boosts Toomey for 2016

Official PortraitPoliticsPA readers believe by a wide margin that Sen. Toomey’s foray into the gun debate help rather than hurt his re-election chances in 2016.

304 respondents (51% of respondents) said it helps the Senator. 172 said it won’t matter (29%) and just 122 (20%) said it would hurt his chances.

Toomey’s biggest boost would likely come from his openness to bipartisanship in support of a policy that roughly 85%-90% of Pa. voters support. His biggest draw would likely be a diminished level of support from gun rights advocates in his base.

(Side note: so does a real poll. Quinnipiac recently found Toomey’s job approval at its highest ever).

Does Background Check Saga Help or Hurt Toomey for 2016?


  • Helps. (51%)
  • It won't matter. (29%)
  • Hurts. (20%)

Total Voters: 598

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  1. Toomey must be elated for receiving maximum praise for making little effort.

    Consider that “his” compromise was the same law passed by a PA Republican Assembly and Administration, with support of the NRA, in the 1990s.

    Also consider Toomey benefited from $3 million in NRA contributions, either through direct campaign donations or via negative advertising, in 2010. That amount is more than all Senate races between 2000-2010, combined.

    It is a complete sham he is being lauded as a hero when the other key provisions, which would have given the gun control bill some merit, were rejected.

    I hope the public sees past this farce eventually.

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