Are background checks a wedge issue for 2014?

Somewhat surprisingly, the results are similar to the national numbers in states where both senators receive “B+” or “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. Thirty-four percent of voters in those states say a vote against background checks would be disqualifying in a candidate, while 16 percent say support for expanded background checks would keep a candidate from winning their vote.

The same trend is true in congressional districts of House members with “A+” NRA ratings: 31 percent of people in those districts say they would reject candidates who support background checks, compared with 17 percent who rule out backing a supporter of background checks. In addition, 27 percent of voters in gun-owning households say they won’t vote for a candidate who opposes expanded background checks compared with 17 percent who would oppose a supporter of broader checks.