(CNN) – Sen. John McCain is widely ahead of his two primary challengers, according to a new poll.
A Behavior Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that 64 percent of likely Arizona Republican primary voters support McCain, with19 percent backing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, five percent supporting Jim Deakin, a Tea Party activist, and 12 percent undecided. The primary is scheduled for August 24.
McCain, the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, is bidding for a fifth term in the Senate.
Washington (CNN) – Some national Republicans Wednesday morning are touting a new Gallup poll that indicates a further erosion of independent support for President Barack Obama.
According to the Gallup survey, 38 percent of independent voters approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, down 18 points from last July. Gallup notes that this is the first time the president's approval rating among independents has dropped below 40 percent.
The survey also notes that among Democrats, Obama's approval rating stands at 81 percent, while only 12 percent of Republicans give the president a thumbs up.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have a favorable view of the new health care reform law, according to a new national poll.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public views the law in a favorable light, up seven points from May, with 41 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. One in 10 questioned said they were unsure.
President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law in April. Supporters celebrate the enactment of the landmark $940 billion measure, but critics insist it will do little to slow spiraling costs and say businesses will be burdened by a slew of new regulations and taxes.
Recent national polls by USA Today/Gallup, AP/GfK, and NBC/Wall Street Journal also indicate a uptick in support or favorable views of health care reform.
Washington (CNN) – Nearly half of all Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new national poll released hours before the president gives a prime-time address from the Oval Office on the crisis.
An AP-GfK survey released Tuesday indicates that 48-percent of the public disapproves of how Obama's handling the oil spill, up 15 percentage points from a month ago. Thirty-nine percent approve of how the president's dealing with the crisis, down three points from May. According to the survey, 13- percent say they neither approve nor disapprove.
Other recent polls also indicate that a minority of Americans approve of the way Obama and his administration are handling the massive spill.
The president's overall job approval stands at 50-percent in the new AP-GfK survey, up one point from a month ago.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of Americans say the Democratic party is too liberal, according to a new poll.
A USA Today/Gallup poll indicates that 49 percent of the public think the political views of the Democratic party are too liberal, up ten points from two years ago and the highest level since 1994, when the Republican party grabbed back control of both houses of Congress in that year's midterm elections.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents say the Democrats' policies are about right, down 12 points from 2008, with one in ten saying the party's views are too conservative.
According to the poll, 41 percent say the political views of the Republican party are about right, with four in ten saying they're too conservative and 15 percent saying the polices of the GOP are too liberal. Views of the Republican party are nearly unchanged from two years ago.
"In many respects, 2010 is shaping up to be another 1994 for the Democrats, including the results of this poll," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The question is whether the GOP is positioned to capitalize on the Democrats' weakness. The number who think the Republican party is too conservative is six points higher than it was in 1994. Few political junkies believe that the Democrats can avoid big losses in this midterm election, but it's less clear whether those losses will be big enough to flip either the House or the Senate."
The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted May 24-25, with 1,049 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
Washington (CNN) – Three weeks after acknowledging he had misstated his military record during the Vietnam era, a new poll suggests Richard Blumenthal maintains a large lead in the Connecticut Senate race.
But the Quinnipiac University survey shows that the Democratic Senate candidate's lead has been cut by 13 points since his public apology for previous suggestions he had served in the Vietnam War. Blumenthal served in the Marine Corps Reserves during the war and was stationed stateside.
Blumenthal, the state's attorney general, holds a 20 point lead over likely Republican rival and former World Wide Wrestling CEO Linda McMahon in the new survey, 55 percent to 35 percent. That compares to a 56-31 percent lead in a similar survey conducted in late May.
The survey also shows Blumenthal leading former Rep. Rob Simmons, who has suspended his campaign, by a 54-33 percent margin and businessman Peter Schiff by a 56-29 percent margin.
"Blumenthal has lost a little more ground to Linda McMahon, but he still has a comfortable lead," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "Prior to the Vietnam controversy, Blumenthal led by 33 points. A week after the controversy, his lead was 25 points. Now it's down to 20 points.
The poll, conducted from June 2-8, interviewed 1,350 registered voters in Connecticut and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
(CNN) - The third straight non-partisan poll conducted since Gov. Charlie Crist announced that he would run as a independent in his big for Florida's open Senate seat indicates that the governor remains in the lead in a three way battle.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 37 percent of registered Sunshine state voters back Crist, with 33 percent supporting Marco Rubio, the former Florida House speaker and the presumptive Republican nominee, and 17 percent backing Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek. Crist's four point advantage over Rubio is within the poll's sampling error.
The survey indicates that if Jeff Greene –the real estate tycoon who jumped into the race last April– becomes the Democratic Senate nominee instead of Meek, Crist tops Rubio 40 to 33 percent, with Green at 13 percent. Meek and Greene face off in Florida's August primary.
Once the overwhelming favorite in the battle for the Republican Senate nomination, Crist was trailing Rubio by more than 20 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, when he announced in late Arpil that he was dropping his bid for his party's nomination and would run for the Senate as a non-aligned candidate.
A new national poll suggests that Americans' support for their member of Congress is at an all time low. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
Washington (CNN) - As voters in 12 states cast ballots today, a new national poll suggests that Americans' support for their member of Congress is at an all time low.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Tuesday, only 29 percent of the public says they are inclined to vote for their member of the House of Representatives in November's midterm elections. That level is even lower than in 1994, when voters swept the Democrats out of power in both the House and Senate.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted late last month also indicated that this is shaping up to be an anti-incumbent year. Forty-seven percent of registered voters questioned in the survey said they were more likely to vote for a challenger than an incumbent, with only three in ten saying they'd back the incumbent.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that 26 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, with more than seven in ten saying they disapprove of how federal lawmakers are performing. Congressional approval stood at 34 percent in June of 1994, and at 33 percent in May of 2006, the year that Democrats won back control of the House and the Senate from the GOP.
Los Angeles (CNN) - A second straight poll suggests that a candidate backed by a national Tea Party organization is now in the lead in the battle for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.
With two days to go until Nevada's primary, a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters back Sharron Angle. The former member of the Nevada Assembly has won endorsements in recent months from many conservative organizations, including significant financial backing from the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party group best known for running three cross country bus caravans, and the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative organization.
Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."
According to the poll, which was released Sunday, 24 percent support Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, with 23 percent pulling for businesswoman and former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden. The remaining candidates in the field of a 13 bidding for the Republican Senate nomination are in single digits in the survey. Thirteen percent of people questioned in the poll remain undecided. The percentage of people unsure about their vote is up five points from a Mason Dixon poll released a week ago.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks 500 days in the White House, a new average of the most recent national polls indicates that less than half of the public approves of the job he's doing in office.
According to a CNN Poll of Polls, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the president's performance. This stands in sharp contrast to Obama's popularity after his first 100 days in office, which was at 63 percent in a CNN Poll of Polls compiled for that occassion.
The CNN Poll of Polls' Thursday release comes on the president's 500th day in the White House, with the count starting on January 20, 2009, the day Obama was inaugurated. The CNN Poll of Polls consists of the six surveys conducted in late May and early June: Fox (May 18-19), NBC (May 20-23), CNN/Opinion Research Corporation (May 21-23), Quinnipiac University (May 19-24), CBS (May 20-24) and the Gallup tracking poll (May 29-June 1). The CNN Poll of Polls does not have a sampling error.
"Obama's administration has had a lot of ups and downs this year, but the average of his approval ratings has remained relatively stable," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "His average approval rating has hovered between 48 percent and 50 percent throughout 2010, and for the past three months, it has ben at either 48 or 49 percent."
So how does Obama's approval rating at the 500 day mark compare to his most recent predecessors?