November 22, 2013

Polls Find Vulnerable Senate Democrats In Serious Trouble

Recent polling paints a dismal picture for vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014. Supporting the Obama agenda, making promises about being able to keep your plan, and calling ObamaCare an amazing success story are coming back to haunt senators like Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, and Mark Pryor. Their approval ratings are all underwater at 46 percent, 37 percent, and 34 percent respectively in recent polls. Now they will scramble to say and do anything to distance themselves from the record, but the polls show their support for the Obama agenda is already exacting a heavy toll.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who promised that Louisianans could keep their plan if they liked it and has been defiant about her support for ObamaCare, is taking a hit with her constituents:

The third-term senator has regularly polled with approval ratings well above 50 percent, but a survey released Thursday by Southern Media and Opinion Research showed approval of Landrieu’s job performance had deteriorated to 46 percent. Nearly 51 percent said they thought she wasn’t doing a good job.

In another possible blow, 54 percent of those polled said they’d be less likely to vote for the Democratic senator’s re-election next year because of her vote for President Barack Obama’s signature health law. Landrieu has maintained her strong support of the federal law.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), who repeatedly promised that North Carolinians could keep their plan if they liked it, saw her disapproval rise by 8 percentage points from September.

In the latest Elon University Poll, 37% of registered voters polled in North Carolina said they approved of how she is doing her job vs. 43.5% who said they disapproved. That a drop of 1 percentage point from her approval rating in September.

The bad news is that the percentage of N.C. registered voters who said they disapproved of her went up 8.5 percentage points since September.

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), who could not stop extolling the ” amazing success story” that is ObamaCare in the summer, saw his electoral fortunes plummet last month when the University of Arkansas poll found his approval rating down 19 percentage points and his disapproval rating double from the previous year.

Only 34 percent of likely voters approved of Mark Pryor’s performance, down from 53 percent last year. His disapproval ratings were also dramatically higher, with 44 percent of likely voters disapproving of his performance, up from 21 percent last year.