We're going to have New York Senate numbers out tomorrow but here's a little preview: we've polled approval ratings for 60 Senators so far in 2010 and Chuck Schumer comes out tops in the country. 57% of voters in the state are happy with the job he's doing.
After Schumer the best approval ratings in our polling for this year belong to Barbara Mikulski at 54%, David Vitter at 53%, and Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, and Jeff Bingaman at 50%. The Murkowski and Snowe numbers suggest it's good to be a moderate Republican for overall popularity, just not if you want to win one of your party's primaries.
On the other end of the spectrum? Carte Goodwin, George LeMieux, and Roland Burris have the worst approval ratings but that doesn't really seem fair since they were all appointed Senators. The elected Senators with the lowest numbers are George Voinovich at 22%, and Arlen Specter and Blanche Lincoln at 27%. Not a coincidence none of those folks will be back for the next Congress and it's just too bad for Democrats Voinovich didn't run again (although he may have had primary issues if he had just like Specter and Lincoln did.)