Though the background-check amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., failed last week to earn enough votes to be adopted, Toomey's standing among Pennsylvania voters is now at the highest point of his two-plus-year term, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday.
Toomey's approval rating now stands at 48 percent, the poll shows, higher than the 43 percent he notched in the previous poll, conducted last month. Three-in-ten voters disapprove, down a tick from 32 percent in March.
Among Republicans, Toomey's approval rating stands at 58 percent, the same as last month. The percentage of Republicans who disapprove jumped from 19 percent to 25 percent. But his approval rating increased 10 points among Democrats and 8 points among Republicans, more than offsetting the rise in disapproval among Republicans.
Overall, Keystone State voters remain strongly supportive of expanding background checks: 85 percent support the measure, including 69 percent who strongly support it. Only 12 percent oppose it, with just 7 percent strongly in opposition.
Toomey, who will be up for reelection in 2016, gets high marks for co-sponsoring the measure with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.: 54 percent of voters, including 40 percent of Republicans, say it makes them feel more favorably about Toomey.
The poll was conducted April 19-24, surveying 1,235 registered voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.8 percentage points.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misstated the duration of Toomey's service in the Senate.
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