A New PPP poll shows Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in terrible shape heading into the midterms. In a head-to-head matchup, Senator Lincoln loses to possible Republican opponent John Boozman, 33% to 56%.
Lincoln’s approval rating has sunk to just 27%, with 62% of voters in the state disapproving of her. She’s at a middling 51% even within her own party and just 17% of independents and 9% of Republicans are happy with how she’s doing.
A look inside the health care issue gives a good indication of how Lincoln has managed now to get it from all sides. 61% of voters in the state oppose the President’s plan, and among those folks Lincoln’s approval rating is just 8% with 79% of them expressing the belief that she’s too liberal. But she’s managed to antagonize a lot of the people who support the Democratic health care plan as well- 36% of them think she’s too conservative and her approval with them is just 57%. Barack Obama’s at 95% with that same group of voters.
This sounds like a classic case of Blanche Lincoln, in an attempt to find a centrist position, just ended up making everyone mad at her. The people who opposed reform in general are turned off because, in the end, she did vote for the bill; yet the people who supported reform are also angry at her, probably because she held the whole bill hostage to demand the removal of one of its most popular components, the public option.
This is not the first poll to show Lincoln in bad shape–her numbers have been bad for months–but this is one of the worst showings for Lincoln yet. At this point, it would be safe to say that the Arkansas senate seat is shaping up to be a likely pick up for Republicans.
Update – A new Rasmussen poll on Arkansas shows Blanche Lincoln in similarly bad shape. She is losing to Boozman 35% to 54%.