Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Barbara Boxer Senate Seat Vulnerable: Rassmussen Poll Shows Babs Stagnant

A new Rassmussen poll shows Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) may face some fierce competition for her U.S. Senate seat, and to-date, has not been able to climb her poll numbers to 50%

Senator Barbara Boxer

From a Rassmussen telephone poll of 500 likely voters taken February 11th:

Republican Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and a John McCain adviser in his 2008 presidential bid, Fiorina shows at 47% to Democrat Boxer's 46%, 7% would vote for "other," and 5% are "not sure." The polling is "virtually unchanged from January." In November 2008, Boxer led Fiorina by 9 points and 10 points in September 2008.

In the same poll, when Boxer is polled against Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, Boxer gains 1%, and stands at 47% to DeVore's 42%, 6% would vote for "other," and 5% are "not sure." In January 2010 , Boxer led DeVore by 6% and in November by 10%.

When the polls pits Boxer against Republican former Congressman Tom Campbell, Boxer gets 45% to Campbell's 41%. In this matchup, 4% would vote for "other," and 10% are "not sure."  Boxer has had the same lead against Campbell since he entered the race in January.

From Rasmussen:
Most troubling for Boxer...is her continuing inability to cross the 50% threshold against any GOP hopefuls. Incumbents who capture less than 50% of the vote at this state of the campaign are considered vulnerable.
The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her. 
This from the LA Times which refers to Babs as "brittle." Love it! And, they muse the chances of her becoming "embattled at home," and becoming the next Harry Reid.
For a Democrat in a Democrat state that gave Barack Obama 61% of its votes in 2008 (and still likes him more than many other places) to be mired in the mid-40's is a sign of real trouble. This is especially so given the fact that disgruntled voters gave Democrats control of the House, Senate and White House in 2008, expecting something to....
The LATimes says Californians are disappointment at the lack of stimulus in the stimulus bill, and drop this little gem: Brittle Babs has Al Gore fundraising for her.

The poll shows that a large majority of California women favor Boxer, but not so with California men. Overall, 26% of Californians have a favorable opinion of Barbara Boxer, and 33% view her unfavorably.

The poll shows a very low job approval for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; 59% trust the judgment of the American people on national issues, more than that of our political leaders; and 67% believe the federal government has become a special interest group. Very interesting poll.

Related and Background:
Barbara Boxer Assaults General: Ignorant, Arrogant, Disingenuous, Undeserving to Question a General (video)

Jim Inhofe and Barbara Boxer - Cap and Trade: Boxer Breaks Written Committee Rule

Barbara Boxer Retort to Jim Inhofe: We won!

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