Raleigh, N.C. – In PPP’s first Alaska poll of 2014, incumbent Senator Mark Begich holds a lead against all Republican challengers we tested him against. Begich leads 41/37 over former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan, 44/40 over former governor Sarah Palin, 43/37 over Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, and 45/25 over the Tea Party-backed 2010 Senate candidate Joe Miller. This new poll shows little movement from our July poll, with Begich narrowly widening his lead on Treadwell, but losing a bit of his lead on Sullivan, Palin, and Miller.
Begich leads despite having mixed approval ratings, as 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing compared to 44% who disapprove. As for the Republican candidates, only Mead Treadwell boasts a positive favorability rating, with 33% of voters having a favorable opinion of him and 31% having an unfavorable opinion. Alaskans have a slightly less favorable opinion of Dan Sullivan (30/35). While Sarah Palin remains unpopular (39/55), Alaskans really hate Joe Miller—only 16% have a favorable opinion of him as compared to 62% who have an unfavorable opinion.