Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is facing his lowest public approval ratings in his home state since 1994, according to the new Rocky Mountain Poll. The last time he faced approval ratings as bad as the ones released to today was in the aftermath of the Keating Five scandal, when McCain had to rebuild trust with voters in his home state.
Just 40% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing for them in D.C., according to the poll. In January of 2006, that number was 60%. It’s not clear how much of an impact the tanking numbers will have on McCain’s primary battle with conservative J.D. Hayworth. McCain does better with Republicans than he does with the rest of the state. He’s got a 52% approval rating among the GOP.“Assuming J.D. Hayworth is able to raise the funds and nomination signatures he needs to qualify for the ballot, it may remain difficult for many observers to imagine how he will be able to knock off a sitting GOP Senator the stature of John McCain who only a year ago proved his campaign skills when he won the presidential nomination of his party and who is now reputed to have a campaign war chest that might impress even the Mayor of New York,” the pollster said in a release. “A McCain – Hayworth primary however will undoubtedly provide voters with much entertainment as the two argue about which one is the more conservative and worthy of trust.”
The pollster contacted 800 Arizonans between Jan. 7 and 22. The margin of error for the poll is 5%.