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After the U.S. Senate blocked a bipartisan compromise bill from senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) that would have expanded gun sale background checks to cover all commercial sales, President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to the congresspeople who killed a measure that almost 90 percent of the American public supported. “If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters,” the president said. He went on to urge reform advocates to “let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.”
Less than two weeks later, the American people have responded — and the results do not look good for the “gun rights” lobby.
A new round of numbers from Public Policy Polling confirms that the backlash that hit Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) last week is a national phenomenon. Voters are angry that the Senate killed the Manchin-Toomey bill, and senators from across the country are seeing their approval ratings plunge as a result.
Here are five senators who have seen their approval ratings decline since voting to block background checks: