by Datechguy | October 23rd, 2013
This morning the big political story of the day came from the Washington Post showing how bad things were for Senator Mike Lee, one of the leaders in the fight to de-fund Obamacare:
As a result, Lee’s approval ratings in Utah have cratered, and prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting a primary challenge against him. Top Republicans are also maneuvering to redesign the party’s nomination system in a way that would likely make it more difficult for Lee to win reelection in 2016.
Morning Joe was all over it
People were tweeting it on twitter
In Utah, tea party favorite Sen. Lee faces GOP backlash over government shutdown http://t.co/gtO3IWHKZd
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) October 23, 2013
and blogs like Talking Point Memo were practically orgasmic
Monson’s online poll earlier this month showed Lee’s favorability tumbling to 40 percent, while 51 percent of Utahns said they have an unfavorable opinion of him. That’s consistent with a recent trend for the entire Republican Party, which has seen historically bad polling numbers in the wake of the budget and debt crises.
However there is another poll out that isn’t getting as much attention. It’s out of the state of Arkansas where a Democrat Senator Mark Pryor is facing a Tough re-election fight:
Results from the 15th annual Arkansas Poll, conducted by the University of Arkansas, found respondants blaming President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the partial government shutdown.
The poll, conducted from Oct. 10-17, also showed declining approval ratings for Arkansas’ two Senators, Republican John Boozman and Democrat Mark Pryor, who faces a tough re-election challenge by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
As for Pryor’s numbers:
Only 34 percent of likely voters approved of Mark Pryor’s performance, down from 53 percent last year. His disapproval ratings were also dramatically higher, with 44 percent of likely voters disapproving of his performance, up from 21 percent last year.
Hold on a second, how can this be? The MSM is telling us that the shutdown is an absolute disaster for the GOP and not only could cost them a chance at the Senate but might cost them the house yet as well.
I guess the MSM forgot to notify the voters in states and districts that are actually being contested in 2014.
One final thing, I found out about this poll from this tweet from LadyLiberty1885 tweet:
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) October 23, 2013
After reading the story I looked up the poll and called the University of Arkansas Political Science Department that conducted it to invite Professor Janine Parry the contact for the poll to appear on my syndicated radio show this week. I was unable to reach her by phone but I did talk to the Admin Specialist and was rather surprised to discover I was the first media to call in relation to these poll results.
I can’t imagine why. (see 3rd update)
Update: Interesting story from a NH Senator from Roll Call:
Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll.
Nobody is suggesting that NN is AK and with more and more MA residents fleeing north the state is becoming bluer but not so blue that with an election coming up you can ignore Obamacare’s problems and it may not just be her, as Erika Johnsen put it.
You know they’re all thinking about it, even if they won’t all say so.
If ONLY some Senator or senators had suggested that obamacare be de-funded or delayed somehow.
Update 3: Just got off the phone with Professor Parry and confirmed her for the show on Nov 2nd, I asked her again about the other calls and was told the Washington Post & AP called along with 4 radio stations. It seems that these calls came in through an alternate number(s) than the one answered by the admin specialist.
I’m disappointed to hear I wasn’t first as I thought, although it was an honest mistake by both me and the Admin Specialist but I am gratified that major media is in fact doing it’s job.
It’s a nice change.
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