Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stinks to be Blanche Lincoln These Days

PPP has a new poll testing the shark infested waters for Senator Blanche Lincoln (D- AR) and finds them not safe for Democrats.  PPP tested potential Democratic candidates against GOP candidate John Boozman, expected to enter the ring this week, all came up short:
That's an indication Arkansas just doesn't want to send another Democrat to Washington this year, at least at this point nine months before the election. Obama's at a 38/58 negative approval rating in the state, its voters are opposed to his health care plan by a 30/61 margin, and only 27% approve of the job Congressional Democrats are doing to 63% who disapprove. 
John Boozman leads incumbent Lincoln 56-33 in the poll.  Her approval is horrific with just 27% approving and 62% disapproving.  Among members of her own party she has a 51% approval but just 17% of Independents and 9% of Republicans approve of her performance in office.   Health care is her problem:

A look inside the health care issue gives a good indication of how Lincoln has managed now to get it from all sides. 61% of voters in the state oppose the President's plan, and among those folks Lincoln's approval rating is just 8% with 79% of them expressing the belief that she's too liberal. But she's managed to antagonize a lot of the people who support the Democratic health care plan as well- 36% of them think she's too conservative and her approval with them is just 57%. Barack Obama's at 95% with that same group of voters.

PPP admits their polling sample is slightly tilted towards the Democrats but argues the split among Dems, Independents and Republicans reflects the electorate overall.  In other words this is the best case scenario for Blanche and it is not pretty.



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