Veteran senator John McCain has lost much of his support base in his home state of Arizona, where his job approval rating has dropped to 26 percent, its lowest level in 21 years, according to a new survey.
The Rocky Mountain Poll
of 700 household heads statewide, including 438 registered voters, also found that the proportion willing to classify McCain’s performance as “poor” now stands at 36 percent, the highest since it began tracking public sentiment in 1992.
The survey also shows that 67 percent of Arizona residents believe that the state needs to elect a senator with new ideas and interests, and just 21 percent think that McCain deserves a sixth term in the upper chamber.
The approval rating figures for McCain are his lowest in two decades according to a report on the poll by the Tucson Weekly.
"Senator McCain doesn't pay much attention to polls — whether they're up or down," communications director Brian Rogers tells Newsmax.
The same pollster, he says, had Obama winning Arizona in 2012. (Romney won by 10 points).
McCain will be 80 when he next needs to face voters in 2016. In his five elections to the Senate, he has won by at least 25 percentage points every time.
The Behavior Research Center of Arizona, which conducted the poll, notes that the survey was conducted between April 3 and April 16, before McCain’s vote in support of legislation to strengthen background checks for gun buyers.
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