Raleigh, N.C. – Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Sean Parnell both appear to be in strong positions for re-election in their 2014 Alaska Senate and governor’s races respectively, according to PPP’s latest poll.
Voters narrowly approve of Parnell’s job performance 46% to 44%, and he is much better known than his potential Democratic challengers. Parnell leads Ethan Berkowitz by 9 points (50/41), Scott McAdams by 18 points (52/34), Mike Navarre by 22 points (51/29) and Joe Paskvan by 26 points (51/25). Only 34% want Parnell to run for governor while 10% want him to run for Senate and 49% don’t want him to run for either office.
Voters approve of Begich’s job performance by a wider margin, 49% to 39%, and independents approve of Begich 54% to 32%. Begich also gets approval from 24% of Republican voters. If Parnell ran for Senate against Begich, the two would be tied at 48% each. Otherwise Begich leads Dan Sullivan by 6 points (47/41), Mead Treadwell by 8 points (47/39) and Sarah Palin by 16 points (54/38).