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Saturday, October 22, 2016

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, an avalanche of polling data will emerge on the key races that will decide who controls the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. What follows is a brief summary of some key polls from the week of April 6:

New Hampshire
Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown officially entered New Hampshire’s 2014 Senate race this week, and was immediately greeted with polls confirming his underdog status against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

A Granite State poll released Thursday found Shaheen with a 45 to 39 percent lead over Brown, with 14 percent undecided. The poll, which was sponsored by WMUR-TV and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, suggests that the race has plenty of room to move; just 17 percent of respondents said they have definitely decided which candidate they’ll support.

The poll also asked voters give one word to describe each of the candidates; in a worrisome sign for the recently relocated Brown, 15 percent — including 29 percent of Independents — described him as a “carpetbagger” or “outsider.”

A Public Policy Polling survey, released Thursday, contained even worse news for Brown. That poll showed Shaheen with a 49 to 41 percent lead, with 10 percent undecided.

While respondents were split on their opinion of Shaheen — 47 percent approve of her job performance, while 46 percent disapprove — they strongly dislike Brown;. 49 percent view the likely Republican nominee unfavorably, while just 35 percent view him favorably.

According to The Huffington Post’s polling average of the race, Shaheen leads Brown by 8 percent.

Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) is widely viewed as one of the most endangered incumbents in the country, but the latest poll of his race against U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton paints a different picture.

A new survey from Opinion Research Associates finds Pryor opening up a 48 to 38 percent lead over Cotton, with 10 percent undecided. Pryor’s double-digit lead sits outside of the poll’s +/- 5 percent margin of error.

In addition to his big deficit, Cotton should be concerned with the poll’s question on the Affordable Care Act — 49 percent of respondents said they are “tired of hearing about the debate over the health care law” and want to move on to other issues, while 47 percent said they think it’s important to keep debating it.

The new poll is one of several reasons that Democrats are reportedly feeling optimistic about Pryor’s chances of winning a third term. Still, most other surveys show a much closer race; Pryor leads by just over 2 points in The Huffington Post’s poll average.

For the second straight week, six-term senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) got encouraging news about his primary battle against Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel.

Harper Polling, a Republican firm, released a survey on Monday finding Cochran with a 52 to 35 percent lead. That’s a 7 percent improvement for McDaniel since Harper’s previous poll in December, but still leaves him with a sizeable deficit to close before the June 3 primary.

Meanwhile, controversy continues to follow the Tea Party challenger; a week after McDaniel was criticized for his ties to a white nationalist, audio emerged of him using controversial language (to put it mildly) to describe reparations for slavery, immigration, homosexuality, and other topics.

Former congressman Travis Childers, a moderate Democrat, will face the Republican nominee in the general election. Many Democrats believe he would have a fighting chance if the gaffe-prone McDaniel wins the primary.

Florida governor Rick Scott’s (R) re-election hopes continue improve, according to a Voter Survey Service poll released Monday.

The poll, which was commissioned by Sunshine State News, finds Scott leading former governor Charlie Crist (D) 45 to 44 percent, with 10 percent undecided. That 1-point advantage is within the poll’s +/- 3.46 percent margin of error.

Among voters who say that they have an excellent or good chance of voting in November, Scott’s lead swells to 49 to 42 percent. That’s very encouraging news for the governor, considering Republicans’ likely turnout advantage in the off-year election.

Should Scott successfully win a second term, it would mark an impressive political comeback; just one year ago, Scott’s approval rating was in the low 30s, and he trailed Crist by double digits.

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  • Buford2k11

    May all gop/baggers in congress….lose…

    • Lovefacts

      Here, here. From your lips to God’s ears, and those of the voters.

  • johninPCFL

    Maybe Brown could pose for some more Playgirl photos.

    • Mark Forsyth

      He is already posing as a politician.

  • Mark Forsyth

    Ayup! Ya just send ol’ Mr.Brown up heah ta New Hampsha.We’ll wipe his lousy,dirty butt an’ send ‘im back to ya.Mayhaps ya can find ‘im a job swabbin’ the deck of one of them there fishin’ boats in Glousta. Ayup!

  • Brent Clarke

    You mean like senator clinton D-NY

  • AnthonyLook

    It’s only been two days since Lying racist misogynist Tomahawk Brown announced his campaign—– and the load THUMP of a failed reception is deafening.

  • Independent1

    I’m a little surprised that recent poll showed Scott gaining in favorability given that the Tampa Bay Times just labelled Scott as the worst Florida governor in modern times. See this:

    This time four years ago Rick Scott was a stranger to Floridians. Then he spent $73 million on his first political campaign and rode an angry voter wave to the Governor’s Mansion. For Florida, this has been a hostile takeover by the former CEO of the nation’s largest hospital chain. In three years Scott has done more harm than any modern governor, from voting rights to privacy rights, public schools to higher education, environmental protection to health care. One more legislative session and a $100 million re-election campaign will not undo the damage.

    This is the tin man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents. Duke Energy is charging its electric customers billions for nuclear plants that were botched or never built. Homeowners are being pushed out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and into private insurers with higher premiums and no track records. Federal flood insurance rates are soaring so high that many property owners cannot afford the premiums but also cannot sell their homes. The governor sides with the electric utilities and property insurers. He criticizes the president rather than fellow Republicans in Congress for failing to fix the flood insurance fiasco they helped create.

    In Scott’s Florida, it is harder for citizens to vote and for the jobless to collect unemployment. It is easier for renters to be evicted and for borrowers to be charged high interest rates on short-term loans. It is harder for patients to win claims against doctors who hurt them and for consumers to get fair treatment from car dealers who deceive them. It is easier for businesses to avoid paying taxes, building roads and repairing environmental damage.

    And I loved the Editorial Cartoon that went along with the article –