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Breaking Down the Blunts (Roy); 42% Have Negative Opinion

January 16th, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

Public Policy Polling breaks down the numbers on the poll they released showing the results of hypothetical matchups between Robin Carnahan and a slew of promoinent Republicans possibly vying for Sen Bond’s seat:

Our Missouri poll this week found that Roy Blunt received a net negative favorability rating from voters in the state.

The biggest reason is his unusual level of enmity from independent voters. 33% of them see Robin Carnahan unfavorably, 32% have a dim view of Jim Talent, and 18% dislike Sarah Steelman. A much greater number, 42%, have a negative opinion of Blunt.

There’s one obvious reason for this. After years spent in the Republican House leadership, Blunt has a reputation as a partisan warrior that might not appeal to voters who don’t identify with either party. Read more…

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  • 1 Paul Ground // Jan 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Regarding Roy Blunt’s unfavorables in your polling: I would suspect that there may be some number of those polled who could not distinguish Roy Blunt from Matt Blunt, and responded primarily to the surname. “Independents” always like to think of themselves as discerning: “I vote for the man, not the party!” In fact, my experience suggests that many independents lack well-formed positions on the issues or any overall sense of political philosophy. In many cases, they are those less interested in politics than Republicans or Democrats. Say what you want about liberals, but at least they have a view.

  • 2 mopns // Jan 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Paul, one correction to your comment. This is Public Policy Polling’s poll, not ours.

  • 3 Paul Ground // Jan 16, 2009 at 11:13 am

    My mistake, Scooter! Sorry!

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