Poll Finds 67% of Tennessee Voters Favor Expanded Background Checks

A poll sponsored by an organization promoting expanded background checks for gun purchases found that 67 percent of Tennessee voters surveyed support the idea while 26 percent oppose it.
The survey of 500 Tennessee registered voters, taken May 22-23, was conducted by Public Policy Polling on behalf of Americans United for Change. Similar results were found in surveys of Arkansas and Georgia voters, a news release says, indicating “even in dark red states there’s strong, bipartisan support for expanded background checks.”
A Vanderbilt University poll, conducted earlier in the month, asked Tennessee voters if they supported criminal background checks for gun purchasers and 90 percent said they do.

Note: The PPP poll news release is below.


News release from Americans United for Change:
Raleigh, N.C. – New PPP polls in Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee find that even in
dark red states there’s strong, bipartisan support for expanded background checks.
And as we’ve found elsewhere, voters are unhappy with their Senators who voted against them.
In Georgia there’s 71/22 support for them, in Tennessee it’s 67/26, and in Arkansas it’s
60/31. Female voters that the Republican Party really needs to reach out to if it’s going to be successful moving forward are even more supportive of background checks. They
favor them 81/12 in Georgia, 73/21 in Tennessee, and 67/25 in Arkansas.
The support for stronger background check laws cuts across party lines in all three of
these states. In Georgia Democrats favor them 82/10, independents do 67/27, and
Republicans do 63/30. In Tennessee Democrats give them 88/8 support, independents
favor them at a 61/29 clip, and Republicans do 53/38. And in Arkansas the numbers are 85/10 with Democrats, 48/43 with Republicans, and 45/43 with independents.
Mark Pryor’s chances for reelection next year would be enhanced if he supported a
background check bill when it comes back up in the Senate. 40% of voters say they
would be more likely to cast their ballots for him next year if he reconsidered his position on this issue to just 34% who say they would be less likely to.
Voters meanwhile are angry with their Republican Senators who opposed the bill. 44% of voters in Georgia say they’re be less likely to vote for Johnny Isakson in the future
because of his vote, compared to only 23% who say they’re be more likely to. 41% of
voters in Tennessee say they’re less likely to vote for Lamar Alexander next year because of his stance on expanded background checks to only 31% who are more likely to. Bob Corker’s next election is further in the future, but 47% say they’re less likely to support him because of this vote compared to 30% more likely to. And in Arkansas, 38% of voters say they’re less likely to vote for John Boozman in the future because of his stance, compared to 33% who are more likely to.
“Our polling on background checks since last month’s Senate vote has been incredibly
consistent,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Whether it’s in blue states, purple states, or red ones support for a stronger law remains overwhelming and bipartisan. And the voters are extremely unhappy with the Senators who are serving as an obstacle to that.”
PPP surveyed 522 Arkansas voters, 576 Georgia voters, and 500 Tennessee voters on May 22nd and 23rd. The margins of error for the surveys are +/-4.3%, +/-4.1%, and +/-4.4% respectively. These surveys were conducted on behalf of Americans United for Change.

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