McCain Approval Drops Net 27 Points

It turns out turning hard to the right might not actually be great politics.

55% of voters disapprove of McCain to just 34% who give him good marks. When PPP polled Arizona in September he was at a positive 48/42 approval spread, so he's dropped 27 points on the margin since that time.

Looking into the internals (.pdf) of the poll, it's quite clear that John McCain's pandering to the hard right isn't really buying him any friends. Since the fall, McCain's approval rating among Republicans has fallen from 65 percent to 48 percent -- yet now more Arizonans overall view McCain as too conservative (35 percent) than too liberal (28 percent). Although McCain still leads in a head-to-head against Democratic Tucson city councilor Rodney Glassman, he is now under 50 percent despite the fact that the vast majority of Arizonans, like me, are unfamiliar with the Democratic candidate. How McCain manages to navigate this mess is yet unclear to me.

Tags: AZ-Sen, Senate 2010, Arizona, John McCain (all tags)

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Polling on Hayworth?

Has there been any polling on Hayworth vs. likely Democratic candidates?  Is he stronger or weaker than McCain in the general?  I can't really imagine us picking up Arizona this year, but it would be a nice gift from the far-right if we do.

by Sam L 2010-04-28 02:05PM | 0 recs
Isn't it great that the Dems got a first tier candidate to run?

Oh, wait... they didn't... They've got a city councilman and another guy who's a peanut farmer, but can "self-fund" (self-fund = sure loser).  What a joke!

by LordMike 2010-04-28 02:06PM | 0 recs
RE: McCain Approval Drops Net 27 Points

If I remember correctly, McCain was struggling to get his own state in the '08 Presidential Election for a period of time.  I don't think he ever fell behind, but up to the election I believe it was ranked as "likely-McCain" but his numbers were dropping.

I think Arizona is pretty tired of McCain and his constant flipping of political attitude.  Look at 2000 Presidential Election McCain as opposed to now.  Big Difference.  

I can't say I'd rather see J.D. "Gay Marriage is like marrying your horse" Hayworth occupying the Senate seat.  

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-30 04:56AM | 0 recs

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