Friday, January 27, 2006

SENATOR APPROVAL RATINGS, LIBERAL STYLE...

A blurb posted yesterday on DailyKos.com caught my attention:
Survey USA National Senator Approvals by CA Pol Junkie Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:28:38 PM PDT (From the diaries -- kos) Survey USA has their latest 50 State Senate approval poll out. There's juicy data on key incumbents: Conrad Burns (#100) 42% approve, 51% disapprove Rick Santorum (#98) 44% approve, 46% disapprove Jon Kyl (#94) 44% approve, 39% disapprove Mike DeWine (#93) 47% approve, 41% disapprove Jim Talent (#86) 50% approve, 38% disapprove Lincoln Chaffee (#74) 53% approve, 38% disapprove Of the bottom 21, 18 are Republicans...
Wow, now that is indeed scary. Unless of course, you click on the link and peruse the survey yourself. With a little math, you shouldn't be that worried. Let me explain: The post only looks at the bottom 21 senators , and points out that out of those 21, 18 are Republicans. However, before you pack up your essentials and prepare the wife and kids for a run for the hills, take a look at the top 20. Out of THOSE senators, 10 Are Republicans, 9 are Democrats, and then there is Jim Jeffords of Vermont (aka Jim "I-was-a-Republican-and-I-had-enough-balls-to-leave-the-Republicans-but- not-enough-to -join-the-Democrats-so-I-became-an-Independent" Jeffords). So, even if we simplistically divide the top 20 into Republicans/non-Republicans, it's still a 50/50 tie. Not perfect, but a far cry from this "Republicans are at the bottom of the barrel" nonsense.

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