Trouble for Democrats in Arkansas
posted at 12:10 pm on February 2, 2010 by Cassy Fiano
Looks like there’s trouble for yet another Democrat. Blanche Lincoln. A devastating PPP poll has been released, showing her losing in a landslide to Rep. John Boozman. What makes this all the worse for Sen. Lincoln is that Boozman hasn’t even officially announced his campaign.
If the election were held today, Sen. Blanche Lincoln would lose in a landslide, according to the latest polling from Public Policy.
The poll shows 33% of voters would pick the Arkansas Democrat, while 56% would vote for Republican Rep. John Boozman.
The 23-point edge for Boozman, who has yet to officially announce his campaign, underscores that Lincoln is one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the 2010 cycle. Among independents, Boozman fares even better, 66%-20%.
Also troubling for Lincoln is her 27% approval rating, and 62% disapproval rating among Arkansans. Even among self-identified Democrats, her approval rating is a lackluster 51%, and just 17% of independents approve.
The number one thing dragging down her numbers? According to Public Policy, it’s health care. A majority of voters are against it. They’re so against it, that Public Policy even found Boozman beating other Democrats, in case Lincoln were to step down. Arkansas looks to be a state that will not stay in the Democratic Party’s hands. Two Democrats already cut and run, but Lincoln hasn’t yet. After she sees these numbers, will she realize that it’s her turn to retire too? I’m sure she’s getting pressure from party leaders to do so, because they’ll think that some other Democrat will have a better chance of holding the seat.
These signs from across the country should be a cue to Obama to scale back a bit. Americans hate his policies, they hate what Democrats are doing in Congress. They voted for change and transparency, and got the same old bloated big government, the same Chicago corruption, and the same overspending. People aren’t happy. They aren’t much happier with Republicans, but most Americans don’t buy Obama’s repeated whining about how it’s Bush’s fault. They know exactly who created this mess, and it’s the Democrats. And now, the Democrats either need to make some changes, and fast, or pay the price.