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Least Popular Senator Is John McCain, According to Poll

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By Michael Mullins   |   Friday, 07 Mar 2014 10:07 AM

The least popular senator in the United States is Arizona Republican John McCain, according to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Thursday.

Just 30 percent of Arizona voters polled supported what McCain is doing in the U.S. Senate, while a whopping 54 percent oppose him.

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The opposition to the longtime Arizona senator, who is reportedly contemplating running for a sixth-term in 2016 at the age of 80, was across party lines, according to the poll, with a higher percentage of Republicans disapproving of his job performance than Democrats.

According to PPP, 53 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans and Independents disapprove of his performance. Just 35 percent of GOP voters in Arizona have a favorable opinion of McCain's voting record, while 29 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Independents support the senator.

"The low opinion both Republicans and Democrats have of John McCain now means he could be vulnerable in both the primary and the general election next time around," PPP President Dean Debnam said in a news release. "George McGovern lost his Senate seat eight years after losing his presidential bid and McCain could suffer a similar fate."

The PPP surveyed 880 Arizona voters in the poll, which took place between Feb. 28 and March 2 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

In a series of hypothetical matchups with potential Democratic challengers in 2016 for his Senate seat, McCain consistently lost with one exception: former governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano received 36 percent favorability, compared to McCain's 44 percent favorability, according to PPP.

McCain did not fare well opposite Democratic U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who received 41 percent to the incumbent's 35 percent, while former Tucson Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received 42 percent support compared to McCain's 35 percent in the poll.

PPP also found that among those polled, Hillary Clinton would narrowly beat Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race, 46 to 43 percent, and that medical marijuana should be legal in the state, with a whopping 67 percent in favor and 26 percent opposed.

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