Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, takes a closer look at how Obama’s unpopularity is affecting Democratic candidates. The result is pretty dramatic:
How big of a problem is Obama’s unpopularity for Democratic candidates? We’re finding that almost no one who disapproves of the President is planning to vote Democratic for key offices this year. And obviously if you’re in a state where the Obama disapprovers make the majority, that makes it virtually impossible for you to win if you can’t pick up some of those folks.
In fact, of 13 races polled by PPP in recent months, only two of the Democratic candidates got more than 10 percent support from voters who disapprove of Obama — and those two candidates, Alex Sink in the Florida governor’s race and Dan Onrorato in the Pennsylvania Governor’s race, got only 14 and 11 percent respectively. Not a single one of the 11 congressional candidates polled got more than 10 percent support from those who disapprove of Obama. That’s a big albatross around to hang around Democrats’ necks.