Friday, August 04, 2006

Lieberman More Popular With Republicans Than Democrats

Favorable image dips further among Democrats

Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has faced mounting difficulties among fellow Democrats in his home state of Connecticut over his pro-Iraq war stance, possibly culminating in his defeat in the Connecticut Democratic primary election for his seat that takes place on Tuesday. Local polling suggests he may very well lose that election to ardently anti-war challenger Ned Lamont. Although many pundits insist all politics is local, new Gallup polling shows that Lieberman's reputation has been sinking among Democrats nationally, not just among those from his home state.

The latest USA Today/Gallup poll finds Lieberman with the worst ratings from Democrats nationally since Gallup first measured his image in 2000. As a result, he is now more popular with Republicans than with supporters of his own party. Among Republicans and Republican "leaners," a plurality of 46% view Lieberman favorably, while 27% view him unfavorably. Democrats are more evenly divided in their attitudes, with 38% viewing him favorably and 32% unfavorably.

Overall, 40% of Americans view Lieberman favorably, while 29% have an unfavorable view and 31% have no opinion. Although there have been significant shifts in the way partisan groups view him, his overall rating now is similar to where he has stood with the general public for the past three years.

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With these trends, why doesn't Joe just give up and switch parties? Don't say it's for party loyalty. We all know that's a lie.
I'm not one for conspiracy theories. But when JL starting showing us his true colors, I had a thought. He ran with Gore in 2000. If Gore had taken the presidency, could there have been another 'grassy knoll' situation occur? I'm being silly, aren't I??