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Sunday, January 22, 2006

New Poll Numbers for Riley, Bush

Survey USA recently came out with it's January tracking poll numbers. They've been tracking Bob Riley's approval ratings from month to month.

Riley's approval numbers are as follows:

Approve: 52%
Disapprove: 40%


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.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riley has its work cut out for him. It appears that that he received no or little bump from his state of the state address. Riley has to get busy if he is going to defeat Moore. This primary will get real interesting in March.

9:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it will be interesting if riley gets indicted about the time siegelman gets convicted. then our choice is between a flake and fool.

12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well this means that riley's boy Bush may not come to Bama to campaign for him. The state dems need to get Edwards,Warner, Clark, or someone who is moderate like edwards or even a conservative like warner or clark to come here and campaign. If the 08 primary is moved up then they probably would

1:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not understand how anyone with any sense could be negative about Governor Riley.What do the people want another Blanco? Atleast Bob Riley knows how to show true leadership in a crisis and keep his head and did not embarass the state with stupid comments.

8:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riley's never experienced a "crisis". Besides, what did he do that was so great during Katrina. Last time I checked, Bayou La Batre is still a mess down there, and that was our hardest hit area. I there was a way to put Riley in Blanco's shoes and see how he would operate. Judging by his appointments, he would have the same problem as the Bushies, too many political appointees and not enough with any experience.


Face it, Riley's only accomplishment as governor was to raise taxes without any vote by the people.

11:05:00 AM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

I think Riley would do better if there was more support in the legislature. I was particularly fond of his recent proposed budget only to see it killed by the state legislature.

Roy Moore just makes me cringe, but I think that if he should win the primary (a hard thing to do against an incumbant) he would lose to Baxley. Say what you will about her, but she seems to be the only candidate with a (seemingly) clean slate. I don't see Baxley winning against Riley, though, because she's yet to take a real stance on any issues.

The last thing either of them needs is for Bush to be campaigning for them. It may actually hurt their popularity. (The equivalent of Ted Kennedy supporting the Dem candidates.) So if Bush doesn't endorse him, it may be a blessing in disguise. I heavily agree that both sides need to focus on having moderate Republicans or Democrats endorsing them. Far left and far right just doesn't have as much widespread support as the middle.

To the last poster, I don't recall Riley ever raising taxes against our wishes. I can recall the tax proposal from 2001, but that was voted down. I may be missing something, but I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about.

12:38:00 PM  
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