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Oregon Senate Poll: Merkley Under 50 Percent ^ | 4/4/14 | Michael Warren

Posted on 04/06/2014 6:12:44 AM PDT by cotton1706

Democratic senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is polling ahead of his potential Republican opponents, but his position is weak heading into his reelection campaign, according to a new survey by a GOP polling firm. Harper Polling found Merkley is ahead of two possible Republican opponents but is still polling less than 50 percent against them. Forty-seven percent say they would vote for Merkley over GOP state representative Jason Conger, who polled 40 percent, while 12 percent say they are not sure. Meanwhile, Republican Monica Wehby, a Portland-area pediatric neurosurgeon, trails Merkley by 12 points, 46 percent to 34 percent, with 20 percent saying they are unsure. The poll was taken among likely voters in Oregon.

On the generic ballot, a Democratic candidate has just a 3-point lead (45 percent to 42 percent) over a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. The poll also found that Merkley, a first-term senator, has just a 39 percent favorability rating, with 32 percent having an unfavorable opinion of him and 30 percent not sure. Meanwhile, 41 percent approve of his job in the Senate, while 33 percent disapprove and 26 percent say they aren't sure. Merkley has been a senator since 2009.

In Oregon, Obamacare is not faring well. The law's rollout has been particularly troubled in the Beaver State, as its state-run health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, has struggled to stay up online and enroll customers in its early months. Two of Cover Oregon's directors have resigned since October of last year. The Harper Poll found just 41 percent approve of the law, about on track with national polls on the health care law, while 51 percent say they disapprove of it. Merkley voted for Obamacare in 2010.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 04/06/2014 6:12:44 AM PDT by cotton1706
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2 posted on 04/06/2014 6:31:27 AM PDT by proudpapa (Scott Walker - 2016)
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3 posted on 04/06/2014 7:33:11 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 order here:
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Merkley will not get more than 50% in the general election. But, the Dems will put up a fake libertarian candidate. The fake libertarian will suck enough votes along with the standard dem vote fraud to get Merkley a win.

4 posted on 04/06/2014 9:44:05 AM PDT by Tailback
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Only if we put another pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage candidate up and the Christians stay home.

5 posted on 04/06/2014 11:32:55 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 order here:
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A lot lot of Undecided voters. Historically, Undecideds go for the challenger. If there is no Libertarian candidate, and ObamaCare continues to be a train wreck in November, then there is a chance for the GOP candidate.

6 posted on 04/06/2014 7:55:37 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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