Senator Kelly Ayotte has been under fire in New Hampshire since she voted against the Toomey-Manchin gun-control bill last month. Senator Marco Rubio released an ad this week touting Ayotte in the Granite State, and the NRA has also run ads defending her.
These defenses — and emotions ebbing as weeks past since the vote was cast — seem to have boosted Ayotte. A Public Policy Polling survey in late April had her at 46 percent disapproval and 44 percent approval among state voters. But two newer polls show that Ayotte’s popularity is now on the upswing. A New England College poll found that 48 percent of state voters approved of her, versus 43 percent disapproval, while a Dartmouth College poll discovered that 37 percent approved and 31 percent disapproved, according to the Concord Monitor.