Is Arizona Finally Turning On John McCain?
March 7, 2014 by Ben Bullard
Should Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) seek another Senate term in 2016, all that matters, perhaps, is that heâ€™s popular in his State. But according to a new poll from the Public Policy Polling Institute, thatâ€™s about the only place he can still lay claim to broad-based voter support — and thatâ€™s on the strength of an election turnout thatâ€™s now nearly four years stale.
In fact, the Institute declared McCain the least popular Senator in the country Thursday, based on the results of a three-day phone survey carried out in late February and early March.
The Institute finds McCain is universally reviled across the party spectrum — and being a Republican doesnâ€™t give him any real standing with most Americans who identify politically as Republicans. Only 35 percent of Arizona Republicans surveyed said they approve of the job heâ€™s doing, compared with 55 percent who said they donâ€™t. That barely exceeds his abysmal approval rating among Democrats and independents.
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Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party — he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents.
â€śThe low opinion both Republicans and Democrats have of John McCain now means he could be vulnerable in both the primary and the general election next time around,â€ť said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. â€śGeorge McGovern lost his Senate seat 8 years after losing his Presidential bid and McCain could suffer a similar fate.â€ť
Is Arizona finally turning the corner on McCain? The Institute indicates Arizona voters might send him home if an election were held today. In hypothetical pairings against Richard Carmona and Gabrielle Giffords (yes, Gabrielle Giffords), McCain trails by 6 and 7 percentage points, respectively. Heâ€™s still slightly more popular than former Arizona Governor and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, leading his hypothetical race against her by 8 percentage points.
McCain has remained coy about his intentions after his current term ends, but has hinted that heâ€™s already considering another run. If these poll numbers hold, though, we could be reading stories next year announcing his retirement from an illustrious Senate career.
Out with the old.