WV-Sen: Byrd Surges
by Chris Bowers, Thu Sep 08, 2005 at 01:12:41 PM EDT
55 (46) Byrd 39 (43) CaptioMore: The poll, commissioned by The State Journal, was conducted during the week of Aug. 8. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
Poll respondents also had a higher opinion of Byrd than Capito and gave the senior senator higher job approval ratings than the congresswoman. According to the poll, 72 percent of residents have a favorable opinion of Byrd, while 58 percent have a favorable opinion of Capito.
In a separate question, 63 percent of residents said they approve of the job Capito is going in Congress as opposed to Byrd, who had a 75 percent approval rating.Considering the huge shift despite little campaigning, it is hard for me to beleive that both of these polls are / were accurate. Considering that a March NRSC poll showed Byrd leading 52-42, and that Byrd regularly has very high approval ratings in SUSA 50-state tracking, I am inclined to believe that he is actually pretty comfortable here. Capito is popular, but Byrd much more so. Excellent!