Public Policy Polling took a look at Sen. Johnny Isakson’s bid for re-election:
36% of Georgians approve of the job Isakson’s doing in the Senate with 38% disapproving. The 26% of voters who are ambivalent toward him is pretty high for an incumbent Senator, particularly one who was his party’s nominee for Governor 20 years ago. It’s not as if Isakson’s new on the political scene but he hasn’t made a strong impression on his constituents. Democrats are more unified in their disapproval of Isakson (56%) than Republicans are in their approval (53%) and he’s in negative territory with independents at 34/38.
Perhaps because the unpopularity of Obama and national Democrats eclipses any problems Isakson has, he still appears to be in relatively good shape for reelection. He leads a generic Democratic candidate 46-37. He also leads a pair of Democratic non candidates we tested against him just for the heck of it- 47-35 over 2008 nominee Jim Martin and 49-31 over Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Thurbert Baker.
Isakson’s numbers among independents say a lot about the current political landscape. Even though he has a negative approval rating with them, they still give him a 48-23 generic ballot lead, a 47-20 advantage over Baker, and a 50-22 one over Martin. They may not be particularly enthralled with Isakson himself but they’d much prefer him to another Democratic Senator.
Crosstabs are available here.
The poll also shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating at 43%, while 54% disapprove of his performance.