Saturday, March 25, 2006

George Allen's popularity Barely a Majority

In the latest Survey USA poll, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., has a 51 percent approval rate. Not exactly the popular senator media hypes him to be; only a year ago, The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote about the "hugely popular" Allen in an article in April.

Well, here's a bit of reality based approval ratings for Allen for the past 11 months.

May (48 percent) June (53 percent) July (54 percent) August (52 percent) September (53 percent) October (49 percent) November (53 percent) December (59 percent) January (56 percent) February (51 percent) March (51 percent.)

Even though the "do-nothing" Republicans in Richmond have tried to sabatage Kaine's key transportation plan at every turn, our great governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, has a 53 percent approval rate.

States with governors running in 2006 are Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Alabama, Alaska, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The governors in dire peril are Republican Frank Murkowski of Alaska with an anemic 29 percent approval rate; and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California with 36 percent approval rate;

Republican Gov. George Pataki is saying good bye to New York with a 45 percent approval rate. Republican Mitt Romney is lucky he's running for president instead of re-election as governor of Massassachusetts with a 42 percent approval rate. Disgraced Republican Gov. Bob Taft is leaving office with a dismal 17 percent approval rate.

The Democratic governors who face an uphill re-election fight are Rod Blagojevich of Illinois with only a 44 percent approval rate and under the radar gun of prosecutor extraordinaire Patrick Fitzgerald. John Badacci of Maine with only 39 percent of voter approval rate. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan with a 45 percent approval rate. And Ted Kulongoski of Oregon at 26 percent who faces primary challengers that hopefully will take him out; even though Kulongoski is a former labor lawyer, major federal and state unions have either sat out the primary or endorsed his primary opponents.

Things also don't look too good for Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., who is up for re-election in the fall and has a 45 percent approval rate; or Sen. Michael DeWine, R-Ohio with a 46 percent approval rate; or Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., with 38 percent, or Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn. at 43 percent.

The only Democrats up for re-election under 50 percent are Sen Bill Nelson of Florida with a 49 percent approval rate; but he's still 6 points higher than the junior Republican senator, Mel Martinez. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan at 48 percent. Sen. Mark Dayton of Minnesota at 48 percent, 7 points higher than a year ago. And Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey at 48 percent.

Lucky for some Republican senators they don't have to face voters in November, such as Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky with a 39 percent approval rate; or John Cornyn, R-Texas who has a 44 percent approval rate.

All is forgiven in Louisiana for Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu with a 53 percent approval rate. Not so lucky for her Democratic sister, Gov. Kathleen Blanco with a 34 percent approval rate.

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