July 20th, 2010
07:40 PM ET
9 years ago

New poll spells trouble for Lincoln

Sen. Blanche Lincoln is trailing her general election opponent, according to a new poll.

Sen. Blanche Lincoln is trailing her general election opponent, according to a new poll.

(CNN) – A new poll released Tuesday indicates trouble ahead for incumbent Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

Lincoln, who was able to survive a tight Democratic primary process against the more liberal Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter, is now trailing Republican candidate Rep. John Boozman by 19 points in the general election matchup according to a new poll.

Conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, the poll indicates Boozman tops Lincoln, 54 percent to 35 percent.

Since the bitter primary ended, Lincoln has scored a major legislative victory, playing an important role in the passage of the Wall Street reform bill, authoring a provision that increases regulation of the derivatives market.

But that victory isn't translating into public favor, according to the poll results. When asked who fights for Main Street over Wall Street, 42 percent chose Boozman, while Lincoln garnered 29 percent.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 600 registered voters was conducted by telephone between July 16-18, and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Arkansas • Blanche Lincoln
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. LibbyinTexas

    I really wished she got booted in the primary, but now how embarrassing that this seat will be lost to an idiot named Boozman? This woman has alienated so many wrong people and won the hearts of the wrong people. She does not deserved to be in the senate.

    July 20, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Susan L.

    Duh! I don't think any realistic person in the Democratic party ever actually believed otherwise. The Netroots certainly didn't. Blanche Lincoln doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell and never did. And good riddance to her. She's a lousy, sorry excuse for a Democrat. She's a back-stabbing turncoat and the people of Arkansas are going to replace her - a Republican in Democratic clothing - with the real thing - an actual Republican. The people will always choose the real thing over the fake every time. Blanche should have figured that out, but she chose to be a lousy blue dog instead.

    July 20, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. thor

    Poor Blanche Lincoln .She has tried everything she can do to distance herself from Obama's failed economic policies but now she will find her self in the unemployment line come November.Voters are finally waking up to this president and his agenda to remake America into a"socialist utopia"

    July 20, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    Blanche has it comin'. She acted like a "christian conservative" and "family values" rethuglicant while claiming to be a dem and even the unwashed in Arkansas don't like to be duped.

    Not to worry, those residents of Krackerville Arkansas will get what they want – I should say deserve – when they vote against their wallets and elect a real obstructionist and regressive rethuglicant that's being bought off by WalMart.

    They'll get it that's fer shure, right up the "old dirt road" when they elect a rethglicant...

    July 20, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. CBR

    Hmmmm! 8 years of one administration versus less than two years of another. I wonder who has had more influence.

    Sorry, but Mr. Bush's policies are still out there challenging us. A war being waged for 8 years with no way of paying for it. Taxes were cut and spending was not curtailed. I cannot imagine that people think all of this iPres. Obama's fault.

    If we are looking to defeat members of Congress, how about the Republicans and democrats who voted for all this spending and a war without determining how to pay for it. I wonder what would happen then.

    July 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. MsDp

    Good, she should have stood with the DEMS when it counted. While I will hate for a GOP to take her place, it really does not matter because most of the time she voted/votes like a GOP. Bye, bye Blanche.

    July 20, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. malabar

    No surprise. even though i am voting republican this cycle, i admit it is sad to see moderates frm both sides the biggest losers nowadays. the real middle loses bcuz of lunatic, loud, hyenas on both sides. if DEMOCRATS were in control instead of LIBERALS, thngs may b different today. voting agains hillary was dems worst mistake. perception is everythng, and she is rightly perceived as more moderate. her votes proved make that perception reality. 2 bad liberal journalists pushed the far left and attackd every1 else. the majority of Americans do not see the world thru liberal eyes.

    July 20, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Riley

    Many Dems will be facing similar challenges. The Republicans will take control of both house and rebuke Obamas RADICAL agenda.

    July 20, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. DENNA

    I don't think Ms. Lincoln should give up. With the way the Tea Party is going and with the way the Rethugs are showing their love of big business and dislike for America, you may just win anyway. Just campaign honestly and do you best. That's all you can do.

    July 20, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. A keen observer

    If the voters decide to give power back to the republicans in the next elections, they deserve what they get and God help us all.

    July 20, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Marge

    I hate to see a republican win, but what';s the difference between her and a republican. She betrayed the people who voted for her, on every thing the Democrats have done this year.

    July 20, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Solutions and not Rhetoric

    She deserves to go! All incumbent Dems and Repubs need to go! We need to have serious senators who will actually lead this country. Dems and Repubs don't have a clue.

    July 20, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. they call me "tater salad"

    Nice knowing you Blanche...........Buh-bye now!

    July 20, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Joe

    They didn't ask me and I'm in Arkansas. Boozman is about as exciting as watching paint dry and just votes along party lines and has absolutely no ideas of his own. Can't really think of anything that he has done for the state or any bills that he has introducted, but as long as your a Consertative in this state the Moral Majority, gun totin folk will vote for you.

    Blanche Lincoln has done more for this state and the people in it this year alone than John Boozman has since being elected.

    Hang in there Blanche we need you.

    July 20, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Mr Joshua

    The entire country is angry....Rightfully so. The infamous "Throw the bums out" sentiment is strong. Democrats especially are in for big trouble this November. The only question after the midterms is who is going to be the Republican leader and what is there message going to be? Hopefully, They will mean what they promise this time. I am a Conservative who has been very unhappy with Republicans actions for the last ten years or so. Wake up ladies and gents, The American people finally have both eyes open and they are looking right at you.

    July 20, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Joe

    ill be glad when she is gone. she was one of the dems who ruined the health care bill and she deserves this.

    July 20, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Lincoln was the WRONG choice for re-election. She was nothing but a traitor to the Democratic Party. She caused so many problems in getting critical legislation passed faster. She is a loser and if we lose her seat I don't know if it will make any difference. She worked against the Party all the time anyway. She and Ben Nelson are the worst Democrats in office and we lost them, it would be NO loss.

    July 20, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. snow

    Lincoln is among many demorats who will be sent home in November and maybe she can use copies of the thousands of pages of tax and spend legislation she helped pass as a blanket. She will probably remain in DC as a lobbyist.

    July 20, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. George of the jungle

    No one ever said that Ark was all that bright. If you let this repo in you will be sorry. All you dems get out and vote,

    July 20, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Orlando Patriot

    Do you see what happens when you go against the wishes of the people? Goodbye to ALL INCUMBENTS!! We are cleaning house and starting over. Now these career politicians will find out what it is like to work in the REAL WORLD!!

    Remember: WE DON'T WORK FOR YOU!! YOU WORK FOR US!!

    July 20, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. Hendrik

    Senator Lincoln,

    This is your doing. You thought that if you were a Dem Light the Republicans would have mercy on you. Didn't work out that way, did it. You would have been better off if you and the other Dem cowards would have stuck together. That is what gives Republicans so much power. They are devoid of ideas but they march in lockstep.

    You deserve to lose, loser.

    July 21, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. vwrtb

    Republican logic... Help wall street at all costs!

    July 21, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Turn your back on the President and the real Democrats in Congress...watch yourself lose the election. Buh-bye turncoats Lincoln, Nelson, Landrieu, Bayh. Bayh just chose to "retire" so he can probably go work directly for the lobbyists.

    July 21, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  24. BJ

    Too bad the dumbing down of America has taken place. Only a idiot would fall for the lies and false props of the Repubs. People don't have enough sense to recognize the various types of legislation that have been passed for their benefit.

    I say take Medicare and Social Security away from all of the gun slinging morons and their false prophets and send them to Texas and let the barren state succeed from the union.

    July 21, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  25. La Piovra

    Until Americans become less gullible to the noise machine, even Abraham Lincoln would have trouble with his numbers.

    July 21, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
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