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Hagan helped by background check vote, poll suggests

A new poll suggests that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan may have helped herself when she voted recently to support background checks for gun sales.

A survey found that 52 percent of North Carolina voters were more inclined to reelect Hagan next year because she voted for background checks,while 26 percent said they would be less likely to support her.

That is according to a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. The firm found similar results in Louisiana, where Sen. Mary Landrieu also faces re-election next year.

The poll found that 72 percent of Tar Heel voters support background checks, while 22 percent oppose it.

The spin: “Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan helped their chances for reelection by supporting background checks,” said Dean Debnam, the firm's president. “Their constituents overwhelmingly support the stance they took on this issue and are ready to reward them for it at the ballot box next year.''

The survey of 600 North Carolina voters was conducted April 30-May 1 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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