Raleigh, N.C. – As tough as things look for Democrats in the Montana Senate race right now, they wouldn't necessarily be much better if Max Baucus was running for reelection. Only 38% of voters in the state approve of the job he's doing to 53% who disapprove. That makes him the second most unpopular Senator in the country in our polling, and the most unpopular Democratic Senator by a good margin. He'd be trailing if he was running again too. Jon Tester's approval has dropped from positive territory at 48/43 to now 44/50.
Despite things generally getting worse for Democrats in Montana over the last five months the one person who's holding up well is Governor Steve Bullock. 47% of voters approve of him to 28% who disapprove, numbers that are actually a tick up from their 46/29 standing in June. He has a +15 net approval with independents and an unusually low 39% of Republicans disapprove of him.