Two polls out of West Virginia, by Rasmussen and Public Policy Polling, give us a very different picture of the race for United States Senate between John Raese (R) and Gov. Joe Manchin (D).
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, shows Raese taking a lead over Manchin, though inside the margin of error:
- Raese: 46%
- Manchin: 43%
- Undecided: 10%
This poll shows Barack Obama’s approval rating at 30%, while 64% disapprove of him. Sixty-three percent oppose the health care “reform” law passed by Congress earlier this year. West Virginians prefer that Republicans take control of Congress, 54% to 37%.
Despite the low numbers of Obama, Manchin’s numbers are reversed, 59% approve of his job performance. Only 32% disapprove. However, independent voters are backing Raese, 56% to 30%.
Rasmussen still shows Manchin over Raese, slightly increasing his lead:
- Manchin: 50%
- Raese: 43%
- Other: 1%
- Not sure: 5%
There isn’t too much different in the crosstabs from Rasmussen, Manchin is viewed favorably by 71% of voters. Raese is viewed favorably by 53%. Sixty-four percent want ObamaCare repealed and 64% disapprove of the president’s job performance.
Raese still leads among independent voters, but not as wide of a margin, 49% to 36%.
We’re not ready to call this race a toss-up yet, but this is one to keep an eye on if Raese is able to tie Manchin to national Democrats.