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Dustin Ingalls

It would be interesting to include the new senators in the rank too.Weve started testing the favorabilities of the incoming senators in a few states, but you cant include those in a chart of approval ratings for sitting senators. Soon enough, youll see the approval ratings of these guys when theyre actually in office, and then we can start a new chart for 2011.Why no Ben Nelson (NE)?We havent polled NE. There are obviously a lot of senators not in that list. 41 of them, in fact.


Why no Ben Nelson (NE)?


It would be interesting to include the new senators in the rank too.

Devin Mitchell

Thats so weird about Murkowski. How can she be fairly comfortably re-elected, on a write-in campaign no less, yet have -16 net approval rating?


I wonder what relationship current approval ratings have to recentness of elections. It makes sense to me that approval rating might decrease the more recent a poll is to a hotly a contested election. Also, whether those answering opinion polls are truly likely voters is questionable, based on the results of recent elections. I would think few people are willing to admit to being apathetic and not voting, especially to a pollster.


A majority of Alaskans voted against Murkowski for Senator. Murkowski only got 39% of the vote (consistent with her approval rating). Id actually expect her rating to drop further. Of those who voted for her, about a third were Democrats who simply did not want Miller. This does not bode well for Murkowski in 2016. She will almost certainly lose in the primary to a better candidate than Miller. She might try the independent route again, but its unlikely to work against a stronger candidate. Miller repeatedly made mistakes that sent voters to Murkowski.


The number of recently reelected senators with net negative ratings is staggering. Harry reid and michael bennet should be grateful that the gop nominated whackjobs against them.

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