Roll Call questions Dem Poll Data regarding Senator Gordon Smith

The Washington Journal Roll Call ran an article questioning the weakness of U.S. Senator Gordon Smith. Article by David M. Drucker, November 8, 2007 below:

Oregon: DSCC Touts Senate Poll but Won’t Show All Data

A poll conducted recently for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee found Sen. Gordon Smith’s (R) electability numbers to be down from earlier this year.

But the DSCC declined to release any head-to-head numbers pitting Smith against his potential Democratic opponents, suggesting that the Republican might still be in good shape heading into his quest for a third term “” at least at this point.

A poll conducted late last month for Roll Call showed Smith with a 9-point lead over Oregon Speaker Jeff Merkley, the favorite of national Democratic leaders for the Senate nomination. Merkley is battling attorney and Democratic activist Steve Novick in the primary. Neither has come remotely close to matching Smith’s fundraising numbers, which include a healthy $4 million on hand as of Sept. 30.

The DSCC poll, conducted by the Portland-based Democratic firm Grove Insight, found that Smith’s job approval rating among likely voters had plummeted from 46 percent in February to 33 percent last month, with a full 49 percent disapproving of his performance in office.

According to the survey’s results, only 30 percent of Oregonians say they will vote to re-elect Smith, with 41 percent saying they will vote for or consider someone else.
“Smith’s numbers are suffering even among his partisans,” according to the poll memo prepared by Lisa Grove and Ben Patinkin. “Nearly half of Republicans “” 45 percent “” are willing to consider someone else or are undecided, and an additional 10 percent say they will vote to replace him.” …

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  • Jerry

    This Smith guy is nothing but a RINO fool. I am ashamed of him. He is not worthy of anyone’s vote.

    • eddie

      Coming from Portland, where the only political debate is between the really really really liberal, and the really really really really liberal, I have to say that with all his faults, Smith is closer to a rational human being than any within 10 miles of my home. Do I wish he had a firm grasp of what’s at stake in the War? You betcha. But we’re not going to get anyone elected here in Fantasyland who does… and half a Republican is better than the Oregon alternative.

  • Jonathan

    Smith is a great U.S. Senator. Coming from a state that’s voted Democrat in every presidential race since 1984, it’s great to see a Senator who really believes in the free market, tax cuts and family values getting elected again and again to office. He’s the most free market Republican elected statewide — probably in the last 50 years.

    Jerry — go back and tell me a better Republican who’s won statewide in Oregon. I’m looking back and seeing Attiyeh, Packwood and Hatfield (Jack Roberts if you count minor offices), and Dave Frohnmayer.

    Smith is a real Republican compared to those guys. Maybe not compared to Dick Armey, but definitely to those guys.

    • DD877

      Family Values?? Pro homosexual is more like it. Any Republican in Oregon Would Be a Teddycrat anywhere else

  • Jerry

    I rest my case.

    Just because Oregon is filled with liberal, left-leaning wack jobs doesn’t mean this guy can parade around like a fool pretending to be conservative when he is not.

    I would not bother to compare him to other Republicans – they were mostly RINO fools, too.

  • Dave A.

    Anybody home here? I thought this post was put here to discuss the no less than stellar poll numbers for various Democrat wack jobs attempting to run against Senator Gordon Smith in 2008. Now no matter what you think of
    Senator Smith (as opposed to “REAL REPUBLICANS” LOL) – (none of which have been elected to office in Oregon in over a decade) – he will most likely trounce most of these Democrat nancy boys in 2008.
    Of course, if you are a spoil sport that only supports Hard Right Wingers (who NEVER get elected in Oregon) that is a mental health problem you should address before the next general election.

  • Gullyborg

    Well the general election comes and you have a choice between Gordon Smith and Steve Novick, it should be pretty obvious who you would rather see reperesenting us in the Senate.

    Gordon Smith is not perfect, but he is far more rational and sane than what the Ds would put up as an alternative. Take away Smith’s weakness on war and immigration and what you are left with is a pretty decent guy – and good look trying to elect a “real” Republican who is pro-war and strong on immigration here in leftyville.

    I expect Smith to win big a year from now.

  • John Fairplay

    Yes, Gordon Smith has been a disappointment on many levels but one – he’s won repeated election statewide as a Republican. There’s never been a Republican politician – elected or unelected – in whom I haven’t felt some disappointment. The idea that these people are just automatons who must vote the Republican platform is foolish. When the ORP provides all the financial support for candidates, then we can expect strict adherence to the policies it lays out.

    “100 percenters” who insist that every candidate agree with them on every issue are just noisemakers, a tiny fraction of the electorate who ought to be ignored.

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