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Poll: Gun control stance helps Hagan

Voters not only favor background checks for gun sales, but they’re also willing to reward elected officials who agree with them, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday.

The Raleigh-based organization said a poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday among 600 North Carolina respondents showed 73 percent of voters support background checks, with 22 percent opposed. Survey officials say support for the checks is strong across the board -- 86 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents, and 61 percent of Republicans.

The survey comes about two weeks after the U.S. Senate rejected an effort to add background checks to all gun sales, as a way of toughening firearms law. The proposal encountered strong opposition from the National Rifle Association, but polls showed a majority of Americans favored the idea.

In the Public Policy Polling survey, 52 percent of the respondents said they are more inclined to re-elect Democrat Kay Hagan next year, with only 26 percent saying Hagan’s support of background checks will cause them to vote against her.

In contrast, the poll found that 50 percent of voters are more inclined to vote against Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in the future, while 26 percent said Burr’s opposition to the will make them more inclined to support him.

The margin of error in the survey is plus or minus 4 percent, according to Public Policy Polling.

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