New Poll Numbers for Riley, Bush
Riley's approval numbers are as follows:
These numbers are nearly identical to last month's (52/41) and show Riley with a consistent, but certainly not overwhelming net positive rating. In fact since Survey USA polls all 50 governors, we can tell that Riley ranks almost directly in the middle compared to his colleagues. According to Survey USA, Bob Riley is the 28th most popular governor in America.
Riley's public standing places him in a political limbo. 5-10 points higher and he'd be a near lock for a second term, but 5-10 points lower and his staff better start lining up other jobs. Assuming his popularity hovers right around 50%, the twists and turns of the gubernatorial campaign will determine if he's re-elected or not.
Survey USA also released it's monthly look at George W. Bush's popularity in all 50 states. This month saw Bush's approval in Alabama take a pretty steep drop. While Bush's December ratings were a respectable 54/43, this month's numbers are a paltry 50/47. So Bush's net approval ratings in Alabama took a net 8 point hit.
Alabama tied with Mississippi as Bush's 10th "best" state as nationally the poll shows Bush with 43% approval and 54% disapproval.