Friday, August 19, 2005

Five Least Popular Senators

  1. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
  2. Mike DeWine (R-OH)
  3. Conrad Burns (R-MT)
  4. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  5. Jim Talent (R-MO)

Four Republicans and a Democrat. That's the kind of symbolism that Democrats grasp to and Republicans try to dismiss. However, nobody should over react. These numbers target senators with high disapproval ratings, not necessarily low approval ratings.

For instance, Conrad Burns, despite having a relatively high disapproval rating of 42%, has an approval rating of 48%. Therefore, he probably will win the election, especially since he is a relatively senior incumbent in a red state. However, it'd be ignorant to ignore the uncanny shows of strength from the Montana Democratic Party, which has kept the governor's office as well as the state legislature. More importantly on a national scale, Sr. Democratic U.S Senator Max Baucus sits on an approval rating of 61%, with a measly disapproval rating of 30%. Not bad for a state that gave President Bush a 14% margin over Senator John Kerry last November.

Rick Santorum is a whole other story.


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