Monday, August 10, 2009

Updated 2009 Senate Approval Ratings

It's been a while since we updated the chart. Here are the approval ratings we've found for the various Senators we've polled on so far in 2009:

Senator

Approval

Tom Coburn (R-OK)

59/29

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

58/31

Tom Carper (D-DE)

57/26

Kit Bond (R-MO)

57/27

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

56/30

Mark Warner (D-VA)

56/32

Mark Pryor (D-AR)

54/30

Russ Feingold (D-WI)

53/36

Robert Byrd (D-WV)

53/37

James Inhofe (R-OK)

52/35

Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

52/39

Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

50/33

Herb Kohl (D-WI)

50/36

Richard Shelby (R-AL)

48/35

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

47/34

Jim Webb (D-VA)

46/42

Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

45/40

David Vitter (R-LA)

44/36

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

44/47

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

43/43

Mark Udall (D-CO)

41/46

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

40/41

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

38/36

George Voinovich (R-OH)

37/44

Richard Burr (R-NC)

36/29

Ted Kaufman (D-DE)

35/24

Michael Bennet (D-CO)

34/41

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

32/32

Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

29/40

Jim Bunning (R-KY)

28/54

Roland Burris (D-IL)

17/62


Some thoughts:

-Who was the last politician in New Jersey who was truly popular and universally well liked? Bill Bradley? Tom Kean? Certainly doesn't seem to have been one lately.

-It is way too early to be looking toward 2012 but Bob Menendez and Sherrod Brown's relatively weak numbers are indications they're not in for life yet, not that you would necessarily expect them to have already reached that status after two and a half years.

-I really wish we could do quarterly 50 state tracking but someone would have to pay for it...if you have a rich uncle who loves poll send him our way :)

5 comments:

Goode said...

Can we agree that Texans are better off with Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate? If Kay resigns, there are no guarantees that her seat will be filled and defended successfully by a Republican.

Anyone agree? Please sign the petition, http://pleasestaykay.com/

Anonymous said...

With the new "Republican Internal" out that has Sen. Harry Reed (D-NV) down by 6 against NV GOP chair Sue Lowden, you might want to poll NV on your own ... ?

http://www.lvrj.com/news/52948952.html

Rasmus said...

Not that I'm rich in any way, but just out of pure interest- what does it cost to commission a poll? Just roughly? Because I have no idea of that, even after following polls intensely for quite some time now.

Tom Jensen said...

Hey Rasmus:

Most of our polls are in the 2-3k range. For a live interviewer poll you're looking at 10k+ usually.

Jason, Asheville said...

I'd also be interested to know what Al Franken's numbers are like. My guess is that they fall somewhere between Roland Burris and Robert Menendez.

 
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