Rasmussen has poll results out today in Johnny Isakson’s bid for re-election to the United States Senate against a generic Democratic opponent. The results would probably give cause for concern if there was a Democrat running that could beat him:
The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of the Georgia Senate race finds Isakson earning 49% of the vote against an unnamed generic Democratic candidate who picks up the support of 36% of likely voters. Given that match-up, four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and 12% are undecided.
Rasmussen Reports chose to pit Isakson against a generic candidate because there is as yet no major Democratic challenger in the Georgia Senate race. But it is significant to note that any incumbent who polls at less than 50% at this stage of the campaign is considered potentially vulnerable.
Like I mentioned, Democrats don’t have anyone on the bench that can step up and challenge Isakson. If someone could talk Poythress or Porter to change races or even Michael Thurmond to consider running against Isakson, they may have a shot.
Isakson’s favorability rating is high among conservatives, which is just more evidence that conservatives like big government Republican candidates that support entitlements, bailouts and Keynesian economics.
As an aside, after looking through the crosstabs, there is a shift in the strong opinions of Gov. Sonny Perdue. More voters now “strongly disapprove” of him than “strongly approve.”