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November 02, 2010

PPP: Obama Is A Huge Drag On The Democrats

Well, duh.

If this election is a referendum on Barack Obama then o boy are Democrats in trouble. In our final round of 18 polls we found the President with a positive approval rating among likely voters in only 1 state- Connecticut. Even there only 46% of voters expressed support for the job he's doing. He's slightly under water in some of the bluest states out there- California, Washington, even his home state of Illinois.

And the bad news for Democratic candidates across the country is that we found very few voters disapproving of Obama who were willing to then turn around and vote for Democratic candidates. Joe Manchin was an exception but for the most part no Democrats were getting more than 5-10% of the vote from people who disapproved of Obama. There's a lot of good Democrats tonight- both incumbents and challengers- who are going to lose and it won't be because of anything they did wrong. It's just hard to overcome an incumbent President of your party being so unpopular with the people most motivated to vote.

Update: According to MSNBC, poll workers are "shocked" at the high turnout.

And I don't think they're turning out for Sestak....!

Democrats Did Everything Wrong: A blogger objects to PPP's claim that "good Democrats" will lose who didn't do anything wrong.

Did those "good Democrats" vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker or Harry Reid for Majority Leader? Yes, they did.

Did those "good Democrats" vote for the stimulus bill? Yes, they did.

Did those "good Democrats" vote for Obamacare? Yes, they did.

Did those "good Democrats" go along with the reconciliation farce to force the Obamacare monstrosity through? Yes, they did.

Did they support the "Lousiana Purchase" and the "Cornhusker kickback"? Yes, they did.

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