First time his net approval has been underwater in over a year…
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) A new poll reveals bad news for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.
According to Morning Consult, the West Virginia Democrat’s approval rating dropped 17 percentage points in a single quarter – more than any other sitting senator.
Manchin is up for reelection this November and his race is expected to be closely contested.
The poll found Manchin was sitting at 43 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, this is the first time his “net” approval has been underwater in over a year.
In a state that heavily supported Donald Trump two years ago, Republicans smell opportunity, and a crowded field has lined up to challenge the incumbent.
The candidates include Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, coal businessman Don Blankenship, and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, among others.
A spokesman for the Manchin campaign said he’s not worried by the survey.
“Every poll shows Senator Manchin winning in November,” Grant Herring told the Gazette-Mail. “While others are spending millions in the messy Republican primary, we haven’t run one ad.”
He predicted the senator’s lead would grow after West Virginians heard more of Manchin’s message.
The result of Manchin’s race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate for the next two years.
One person who will watch the election closely is President Trump, who blasted Manchin in a West Virginia appearance last week.
It’s possible the president’s attacks are having an effect.
Earlier polling found Manchin with a +16 approval rating in the 4thquarter of 2017.
In the quarter before that, it was +17, and in the quarter before that, +26.
Trump said he was disappointed in Manchin, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I thought he would be helpful … but he votes against everything,” he stated.
The Morning Consult poll, with approval ratings for all 50 U.S. Senators, can be seen here.