According to a new poll from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Michele Bachmann is in danger of being booted from Congress in November — and her wacky 2012 presidential campaign may be to blame.
The poll shows Bachmann leading her Democratic challenger, Richard Graves, by a narrow 48 to 43 percent margin. 9 percent are undecided.
This is a major warning sign for the Tea Party favorite, given Bachmann’s incumbent status and 96 percent name recognition. According to the GQR survey, 56 percent of voters rate Bachmann’s job performance as “just fair” or “poor” compared to 39 percent who rate it as “good” or “excellent.” Similarly, 51 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bachmann, compared to just 35 percent who view her favorably.
Another concern for Bachmann is the fact that voters become far more likely to support Graves once they are introduced to his life story; after reading brief positive profiles of both candidates, Graves claims a 52 to 43 percent lead over Bachmann.
“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s unsuccessful bid for president had a clear an negative impact on her standing among voters,” the Democratic polling and consulting firm concludes in a press release.
Although liberals would love to see the right wing icon deposed, The Fix’s Rachel Weiner warns that Bachmann won’t go down easily. After all, she crushed her 2010 opponent by over 10 points after becoming the focus of a national Democratic effort to defeat her, and her new district is actually slightly more Republican than the one that she had before redistricting this year.
Overall, signs point to a close race that is certain to attract plenty of media attention as Election Day nears.