Sen. Allen's Approval Rating Shooting Skyward
In a SurveyUSA poll released yesterday, the group polled all 50 states for the approval/disapproval ratings of all 100 United States Senators. Since the poll was last taken in October, Senator George Allen's approval rating has shot up 10 percentage points, from 49% in Oct., to 59% in Dec. This is compared to a 2% increase, from 58% to 60%, for Senator Warner.
It is interesting that many Democrats tried to frame the 2005 Gubernatorial Election as a battle between George Allen and Mark Warner. However, these poll results should make it clear that, although the majority of Virginians did not choose Jerry Kilgore to be Governor, that choice is no reflection on Kilgore's good buddy Senator Allen.
As if it weren't obvious enough already, Sen. Allen is going to walk to re-election. In fact, I was just thinking the other night that Sen. Allen's '06 campaign may be another reason why now would be the perfect time for Kilgore to run against Boucher in the 9th. Sen. Allen is going to rack up huge margins in SWVA, even bigger than Bush in '04. In fact in 2000, when both men were on the ballot, Bush received 54% of the vote in the 9th, and Allen received 56%. Bush received 59% in 2004.
Senator Allen would probably relish the chance to stump for his friend down there, and we already know how the folks love Kilgore down in the great Southwest. If Kevin Triplett was able to keep Boucher under 60% with Bush's coattails, Kilgore may actually have a chance at beating him with Sen. Allen's.