Friday, May 3, 2013

Everybody Hates Jeff: Flake's Poll Numbers Are Miserable For a Freshman Senator

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Oh, Jeff Flake. Things just keep looking bad for you.

According to Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll, first-term Senator Jeff Flake's polling numbers are doing rather poorly, which is rare for a freshman in Congress, as first-timers typically enjoy a honeymoon period with their constituents during their first term.

In Senator Flake’s case, however, only 18 percent are willing to rate his performance favorably while a surprising 26 percent already opine that he is doing a “poor” or “very poor job”.

By way of comparison, retired Jon Kyl’s first job ratings as a U.S. Senator in 1996 were almost a mirror opposite of Senator Jeff Flake: 34 percent positive to only 12 percent negative. The current poll was completed just before Senator Flake parted company with the senior Senator from Arizona, John McCain, by voting against background checks for gun buyers which implies that Senator Flake’s negative rating at the time of this survey may trace to others issues.

This piles on release from Public Policy Polling we covered earlier this week, which noted that Flake's numbers took a dive in the wake of the vote on background checks for firearm sales.

Read the report from the Rocky Mountain Poll here.

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